The Dodgers designate Tony Gwynn Jr. for assignment

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Tony Gwynn Jr.’s days with the Dodgers are over. He was designated for assignment today.

Gwynn has been having a nightmare season, hitting 232/.276/.293 in 277 at-bats.  He plays good defense, however, and isn’t as bad as this season’s production suggests, so he should probably latch on as a fourth or fifth outfield someplace.  He’s still under contract through 2013, though, so he may have to be released before someone comes calling.

Taking Gwynn’s place will be Jerry Sands, who has proven for the second straight year that he has nothing left to prove at Triple-A. Sands is hitting .286/.367/.518 at Albuquerque and now would seem to have his best shot of establishing himself with the Dodgers.

Yusmeiro Petit pitched shortly after his mother passed away on Monday

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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.