Eric Byrnes is coming out of retirement to raise money for the Pat Tillman Foundation


Eric Byrnes hasn’t played in the majors since 2010 and has spent the past several years doing lots of television work, but now the 38-year-old is coming out of retirement. Sort of.

Byrnes will play two games for the San Rafael Pacifics of the independent Pacific Association, on August 5 and 6,  in order to raise money for the Pat Tillman Foundation, which helps support veterans and their spouses.

Here’s more from John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle:

The Pacifics are donating a portion of the ticket sales for both of Byrnes’ appearances to the foundation, and Byrnes has agreed to donate his Pacifics salary. Furthermore, he’ll donate $1,000 for each of his walks, steals and singles, $2,000 for a double; $3,000 for a triple and $10,000 for a homer.  Plus, $500 for every ball he catches.

Good on ya, Byrnes.

Daniel Murphy will miss the start of the season

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Daniel Murphy said today that he will not be ready for Opening Day and will start the year on the disabled list.

Murphy had microfracture knee surgery last October. While he has been able to take batting practice and field ground balls, his lateral movement is still limited. In his absence — which is not expected to last past mid-April or so — Howie Kendrick will get the bulk of the playing time at second base.

Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, smacked 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI in 2017.