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Lance McCullers to start the year on the disabled list


Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle reports that Astros righty Lance McCullers will start the season on the disabled list.

McCullers has an MRI on his pitching shoulder last week after experiencing some soreness. He said the MRI came back “clean,” but did not have a timetable for his return to action. The DL move certainly suggests that, even if there is no serious issue there, the Astros are going to take their time easing McCullers back into action.

McCullers made 22 starts as a rookie last year, posting a 6-7 record with a 3.22 ERA and 129 strikeouts over 125 and two-thirds innings. He’s an important part of Houston’s plans, but it’s certainly more important for him to be sure to be available in the summer than it is in the spring.

The Marlins lose their grievance over Dan Jennings’ salary

Marlins manager Dan Jennings walks off the field after being ejected during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Monday, Sept. 7, 2015, in Miami. It was the third ejection of the season for Jennings. The Brewers won 9-1. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Last week the Miami Marlins filed a grievance over the salary of their former manager and GM Dan Jennings. Jennings, now a special assistant to Nationals GM Mike Rizzo, is reportedly being paid $100,000 by the Nats. He’s still owed $1.5 million by the Marlins, which can be reduced by any amount he earns elsewhere. The Marlins argued that the $100,000 salary was too low given his responsibilities with Washington and, as such, they should have more offset from their $1.5 million figure.

Regardless of the merits of the argument, it’s a pretty petty and bush league position for the Marlins to take. They jerked Jennings around pretty thoroughly, putting him in a position in which he was almost certain to fail and then showing him the door. That aside, the money at issue here was very low. Even if they had a good case it’s on the order of a few thousand dollars most likely.

Ken Rosenthal reported this morning, however, that they didn’t even have a good case. The Marlins have lost their grievance. Which is super sad for them, as that’s a few thousand less Jeff Loria will have available to pay himself a salary for doing nothing.

I think we now know what happened to that pig Cespedes bought

New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes speaks during a baseball press conference at CitiField in New York, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. Cespedes agreed to a $75 million, three-year deal with the team. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

A couple of weeks ago, in between stories about which cars Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes drove to the ballpark, there was a report that Cespedes paid $7,000 for a hog at a county fair.

To the extent anyone thought that Cespedes — who was introduced to many of us in a training video which featured him roasting a whole hog on a spit over a fire — planned on sending the hog to a nice farm up north where it would have room to run and a nice family with kids to take care of it, this update is relevant:


This raises some serious ethical questions, of course. Primarily: will this be a Carolina, Memphis or Kansas City-style deal? People have very strong opinions on this and I hope that Cespedes is sensitive to everyone’s point of view.