Craig Calcaterra

DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 21:  Former Detroit Tiger pitcher Mickey Lolich waves to the fans prior to the start of the game between the Minnesota Twins and the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on August 21, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Twins 7-1.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Comment of the Day: A Mickey Lolich story too good to check

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File this under Totally Unsubstantiated. I could find no support for this via Googling and I tweeted it out and no one has either supported it or debunked it. The story is about Mickey Lolich, who I mentioned in this morning’s recaps. He ended his career in San Diego and commenter gloccamorra posted this about his time at Jack Murphy Stadium:

Mickey Lolich retired after depriving Chargers fans of the cannon that was fired after Dan Fouts & Co. scored. Mickey was in the Padres bullpen in 1979, and was smoking a cigarette, when he walked by the cannon and flipped the butt into the barrel. He took two steps and *BOOM*.

The City was unaware the Chargers were keeping a loaded (with powder) cannon in the Padres bullpen in the off-season and demanded its removal. That was the end of the cannon.

I’m going to try to get Lolich’s phone number and find out if there’s any truth to this and, for now, I’m going to assume it’s phony. But my God, I’ve never wanted anything to be more true in my life.

The 70s were weird, man.

Erick Aybar taken to the hospital because he got a chicken bone stuck in his throat

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 16:  Erick Aybar #1 of the Atlanta Braves attempts a throw from his knees in the first inning during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on May 16, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
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Checking in to see how the Braves’ season is going so far and . . .

Erick Aybar was taken to a nearby hospital to have a chicken bone removed from his throat.

He apparently had to be sedated to have the bone removed and has been scratched from the lineup for tonight’s game against the Pirates.

I’m presuming he’s OK or else the team wouldn’t have released the information, so I think it’s safe for all of us to weigh in on whether this is worse than Joel Zumaya getting hurt playing Guitar Hero or John Smoltz burning himself while ironing a shirt he was wearing. Or pick a winner of your own.

We can also weigh in on whether or not this will serve as the perfect bit of symbolism for the 2016 Braves or, rather, if things will get worse. I’m guessing they get worse.

 

Jhonny Peralta to begin a rehab assignment

JUPITER, FL - FEBRUARY 25:  Jhonny Peralta of the St. Louis Cardinals poses for a photograph at Spring Training photo day at Roger Dean Stadium on February 25, 2016 in Jupiter, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta will begin a rehab assignment with Low-A Peoria on Friday as he mounts his comeback from thumb surgery.

Peralta took batting practice yesterday so the Cardinals must have liked what they saw. If his assignment goes well he’ll be on track to come back in June, which is on the optimistic side of projections when he first went down. When he does come back Mike Matheny will have an interesting choice: give the veteran shortstop his job back or stick with Aledmys Diaz, who has hit a blistering .376/.403/.648 in Peralta’s absence.