Ryan Doumit out at least a month with fractured left ankle

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Ryan Doumit’s collision with Carlos Pena at home plate Sunday wasn’t nearly as scary as Buster Posey’s a few days earlier, but it did leave him with a fractured left ankle, tests Tuesday confirmed.

It’s very disappointing news for the Pirates.  Not only was Doumit third on the team with a .774 OPS this season, but the club was hoping he’d build up some trade value before the July 31 deadline.  Now it appears that he’s likely done through the All-Star break.

It’s just the latest mishap for Doumit, who has spent time on the disabled list each of the last six years.  With a career .268/.332/.438 line, he’s long been a fine hitter.  However, he’s played in 100 games just twice as a major leaguer.  He had his best season in 2008, hitting .318/.357/.501 with 15 homers in 431 at-bats for Pittsburgh.

The Pirates have been looking to trade Doumit ever since they picked up Chris Snyder last year.  He’s currently making $5.1 million in the final season of a three-year, $11.5 million deal.  There’s a two-year, $15.5 million option on his deal for 2012-13, but the Pirates, or any team that trades for him, will buy that out for $500,000.

Pete Rose dismisses his defamation lawsuit against John Dowd

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Last year Pete Rose field a defamation lawsuit against attorney John Dowd after Dowd gave a radio interview in which he said that Rose had sexual relations with underage girls that amounted to “statutory rape, every time.” Today Rose dismissed the suit.

In a statement issued by Rose’s lawyer and Dowd’s lawyer, the parties say they agreed “based on mutual consideration, to the dismissal with prejudice of Mr. Rose’s lawsuit against Mr. Dowd.” They say they can’t comment further.

Dowd, of course, is the man who conducted the investigation into Rose’s gambling which resulted in the Hit King being placed on baseball’s permanently ineligible list back in 1989. The two have sparred through the media sporadically over the years, with Rose disputing Dowd’s findings despite agreeing to his ban back in 1989. Rose has changed his story about his gambling many times, usually when he had an opportunity to either make money off of it, like when he wrote his autobiography, or when he sought, unsuccessfully, to be reinstated to baseball. Dowd has stood by his report ever since it was released.

In the wake of Dowd’s radio comments in 2015, a woman came forward to say that she and Rose had a sexual relationship when she was under the age of 16, seemingly confirming Dowd’s assertion and forming the basis for a strong defense of Rose’s claims (truth is a total defense to a defamation claim). They seem now, however, to have buried the hatchet. Or at least buried the litigation.

That leaves Dowd more free time to defend his latest client, President Trump. And Rose more time to do whatever it is Pete Rose does with his time.