FYI: Barry Bonds can use a baseball bat again

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When Barry Bonds was convicted and sentenced for obstruction of justice he, like any other criminal, was told that he couldn’t possess any “firearm, ammunition, destructive device, or other dangerous weapon.”  Apparently a baseball bat is considered a “dangerous weapon” for this purpose.

Bonds — no doubt realizing that the Tigers are actually considering using Brandon Inge as a DH — petitioned the court to let him have baseball bats again.  The court has agreed.

Open question: if Bonds declared that he wanted to play again and would accept the league minimum, would he get signed to DH before Johnny Damon, Vlad Guerrero or any of those guys still on the market?  I kind of think he would.

Second question: would a baseball bat still be considered a “dangerous weapon” if the person convicted was, say, Vernon Wells?

Brandon McCarthy wins final spot in Dodgers’ rotation

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We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot.

McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four appearances spanning 13 innings this spring, yielding seven earned runs on 14 hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Wood, a southpaw, gave up five earned runs in six innings against the Reds on Tuesday, which might have factored into the decision.

Last season, McCarthy made nine starts and one relief appearance, posting a 4.95 ERA with a 44/26 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. In the event McCarthy falters, the club has Wood as well as Julio Urias and the injured Scott Kazmir as potential replacements.

Yankees re-sign Jon Niese to a minor league deal

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The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.

Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.