Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that the Dodgers have signed free agent NFL safety Jarrad Page to a minor league contract as an outfielder. As our friends at ProFootballTalk noted last weekend, Page recently attended an open tryout with the club.
Page, who batted .233 with three home runs, 19 RBI and 46 strikeouts over 120 at-bats during his lone season with UCLA in 2004, was drafted three different times by MLB teams. The Angels invested a seventh-round pick in 2006, but he ultimately decided to pursue a career in the NFL as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Page, 27, appeared in 11 games last season between the Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings.
Athletics reliever Yusmeiro Petit found out his mother passed away on Monday prior to his team’s game against the Rangers, Martin Gallegos of The Mercury News reports. Petit decided to pitch anyway, turning 1 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball, limiting the Rangers to just one hit.
Manager Bob Melvin said, “I was amazed. Didn’t expect it.”
It’s admirable — though certainly not expected — when a player pitches shortly after suffering a personal loss. Some people like adhering to their routine while grieving.
Petit was added to the bereavement list on Tuesday. He will spend some time away from the team for the funeral. We send our heartfelt condolences to the Petit family.