Pirates and Nate McLouth have “mutual interest” in reunion

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Nate McLouth hasn’t been the same since leaving the Pirates in mid-2009 and now that the 30-year-old outfielder is a free agent Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that a return to Pittsburgh could be in the works.

According to Biertempfel the Pirates and McLouth have “mutual interest” in a reunion and have “begun talking” about a deal.

He’s coming off a three-year, $15 million contract, but may have to settle for a cheap one-year deal or possibly even a minor-league pact after hitting just .210 with a .650 OPS in 166 games for the Braves during the past two seasons.

Pittsburgh acquired Charlie Morton, Jeff Locke, and Gorkys Hernandez from Atlanta in the original deal for McLouth, but his stock has plummeted so much since then that a fourth outfielder job is probably the best he can hope for.

Nicholas Castellanos hit an inside-the-park homer that shouldn’t have been

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Last night the Yankees pasted the Tigers in Detroit, but the hometown crowd did get something entertaining to send them on their way: an inside-the-park homer from Nicholas Castellanos.

At least that’s technically what it was. It would be a single and a three-base error if our official scoring made any sense.

Watch the play below. It’s all put in motion by Jacoby Ellsbury‘s decision to try to make a slide catch on the ball, misjudging it and allowing it to skip over 100 feet to the wall:

Since Ellsbury didn’t touch it it wasn’t called an error — errors are rarely if ever called on poor plays that don’t result in a fielder actually touching the ball — but it was certainly a mental error to not let the ball bounce and ensure that it didn’t get past him. Especially with such a big lead.

Oh well, that’s baseball for you.

Royals closer Kelvin Herrera leaves with forearm tightness

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The Royals are a game and a half out of the crazy AL Wild Card race — six games back of the Indians in the division — so they don’t have a huge margin for error. They got some bad news last night, though, that could have a major impact on their playoff hopes: closer Kelvin Herrera experienced tightness in his right forearm in the ninth inning of last night’s win, forcing him out of the game.

Herrera walked the bases loaded, then went to a 2-0 count on the next batter before leaving the game. That last pitch was a fastball that clocked in at 91 m.p.h., which is NOT a typical Kelvin Herrera fastball.  Herrera didn’t talk after the game but his teammate Sal Perez said that Herrera told him  “I’m tight. I don’t feel my forearm.”

Reporters left the clubhouse before an official diagnosis or prognosis could be delivered, so expect an update some time today. If Herrera is out the closer duties could fall to Scott Alexander or Brandon Maurer.