With the entire sports world focused on the Super Bowl and the Olympics, this just smells like it’s going to be another slow day. So I don’t have any compunction over linking to a story from 1973 about comedian Jerry Lewis, then 47 years old, playing first base for the Astros in an exhibition game against the Detroit Tigers. He even got a hit. There are pics there of Lewis in what I feel like were the best Astros uniforms of all time, too.
50 year-old coaches for each team did the pitching so it’s not like Lewis took Mickey Lolich downtown or anything, but that’s still pretty impressive. Not quite as impressive as I thought the movie “Hardly Working” was when I was eight years-old, but impressive all the same.
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.
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.