Playing gritty bingo with Walt Weiss

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Patrick Saunders wrote a column in the Denver Post about new Rockies manager Walt Weiss. A word cloud from the piece, some from Saunders, some from other players or managers, some from Weiss himself:

  • “Dirty”
  • “Gritty”
  • “caked with infield dirt”
  • “cheeks streaked with a mixture of sweat and eye black”
  • “a blue-collar player, blue-collar all the way”
  • “ultimate professional”
  • “down-and-dirty player”
  • “an intense competitor”
  • “intense competitor”
  • “a grinder guy”

Just in case you weren’t clear on how the story lines in Colorado were going to be framed next season.

I would love it, though, if one day I saw a player referred to as “kind of a white collar guy” who “keeps his jersey clean” and is “a moderate competitor.”

Video: Gift Ngoepe singles in his first major league at-bat

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Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.

Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.

Shelby Miller getting third opinion on elbow from Dr. James Andrews

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Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.

Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.

The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.