Aaron Gleeman

A’s left-hander Drew Pomeranz shut down with shoulder injury


A’s left-hander Drew Pomeranz, who exited Monday’s start in the fifth inning with shoulder soreness, has been placed on the disabled list with a sprained AC joint.

Pomeranz has a 3.13 ERA in 112 innings for the A’s since they acquired him from the Rockies for left-hander Brett Anderson last offseason, but he’s had trouble staying healthy and his control has often been shaky.

Pomeranz indicated after leaving Monday’s game that he’s been dealing with shoulder issues for a while now. There’s no timetable yet for his return.

Why won’t the Padres let their Triple-A manager join the Brewers’ coaching staff?


Last week Craig Counsell replaced Ron Roenicke as Brewers manager and he wanted to add his old college coach and longtime friend, Pat Murphy, to Milwaukee’s coaching staff.

One problem: Murphy is currently the Triple-A manager in the Padres organization and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that they “have balked at letting him go.”

According to Rosenthal “some in the industry view the Padres’ actions as highly unusual” and there’s even speculation that they want to keep Murphy around in case he’s needed to replace current Padres manager Bud Black.

Padres officials deny that, saying simply that they value having Murphy in the organization, but officials from other organizations who spoke to Rosenthal about the situation are “skeptical.” Normally when someone working in the minors has an opportunity to work in the majors teams don’t really stand in their way, but in this case the Padres are putting up a fight.

Ryan Zimmerman is Mr. Walk-Off (and the numbers to prove it)


Ryan Zimmerman doesn’t hit a ton of home runs. He has 189 for his career through age 30, which is good for 35th-most among active hitters and is tied for 345th-most all time.

But he sure makes them count. Zimmerman hit a walk-off homer in the 10th inning last night to beat the Yankees and closer Andrew Miller, who hadn’t allowed a run this season.

And then, as has become the Nationals’ tradition, he got a bottle of chocolate syrup squeezed onto his head by Max Scherzer.

It was the 10th walk-off homer of Zimmerman’s career, which ties for him 10th in baseball history (via MLB.com and SI.com):

Jim Thome        13
Babe Ruth        12
Jimmie Foxx      12
Mickey Mantle    12
Stan Musial      12
Frank Robinson   12
David Ortiz      11
Albert Pujols    11
Tony Perez       11
Eight Others     10

There are only nine players in MLB history with more walk-off homers than Zimmerman and all nine of them have at least 379 career homers. He has 189.

Suffice it to say that Zimmerman has earned his “Mr. Walk-Off” nickname.