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Drew Storen had surgery on his non-throwing hand

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NatsLady hipped me to this: Nationals reliever Drew Storen had surgery on the hamate bone on (in? of?) his left (non-throwing) hand today. Which sounds serious, but since he doesn’t swing a bat and since it’s his non-throwing hand will not keep him out of action for long. Indeed, he could be throwing again in three days.

Storen is coming off an excellent season in which he posted an ERA of 1.12 and a K/BB ratio of 46/11 in 56.1 innings. He should be ready for Opening Day.

Zack Wheeler has elbow tenderness

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Mets fans, commence your panicking:

Please re-read that last one before you freak out. Then freak out, because I know you’re going to anyway. You’re Mets fans and that’s what you do. And I wouldn’t have you any other way.

The Mets have settled the lawsuit brought by former vice president Leigh Castergine

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Last year Leigh Castergine, the Mets’ former executive vice president for marketing and ticket sales, sued the team and Jeff Wilpon alleging that Wilpon criticized her in front of team employees for having a baby out of wedlock. She additionally claimed that Wilpon told her that, “when she gets a ring, she will make more money and get a bigger bonus.” After she had the baby he allegedly criticized her for remaining unmarried and for not being as “aggressive” as she once was. When she complained to HR, she was fired, she claimed.

The allegations painted an ugly picture. And at the time I noted that they a) were legally serious; and (b) had at least some indicia of legitimacy based on how they were pleaded. Now we’ll never know what happened, however, as Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the case has settled. The terms are undisclosed. The following joint statement was released:

“The parties have decided to resolve this matter, which has brought more attention to the workplace environment for women in sports and will result in the organization being more attentive to the important issues raised by women in sports,” the parties said in a joint statement. “Additionally, we are both committed to the further development and encouragement of female executives in our industry. Both sides‎ have agreed to have no further comments.”

At the risk of reading too much into things, I’d say there’s a bit of a spanking of the Mets in the statement, with language which seems pretty clearly aimed at giving the public impression that Castergine’s claims were not baseless. It also suggests that the language was insisted upon by Castergine from a position of relative strength. I say this because, usually, a settling defendant does not want any sort of verbiage suggesting even a hint of merit to the underlying claims in a public statement like that. Yet here they are.

But like I said, perhaps I read too much into such things.

In any event, I expect Major League Baseball to do nothing now. If they were even going to bother to before. Which is doubtful. Frank McCourt had the Wilpons’ financial difficulties and got hammered while they skated. Marge Schott and George Steinbrenner engaged in misbehavior which created hostile work environments for their employees and were disciplined, but don’t expect the same thing to happen to the Mets owners. They have a special relationship with Major League Baseball, it seems.

But they shouldn’t. This is what I wrote last fall about what MLB should do in response to the Castergine lawsuit. Even though the case has now settled the league can still act. But it won’t. Really, don’t hold your breath.

The Rockies just had a brilliant idea

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — It’s Day 5 for me here in Arizona and I’m about to take in Game 6. Not too shabby. Today’s matchup: the White Sox vs. the Rockies. It’s a battle of lefties: Jose Quintana vs. Tyler Matzek. Quintana has pitched well so far this spring, allowing one run on three hits in four spring innings. That creep can roll. I don’t have the White Sox’ lineup yet, but the Rockies are trotting out Tulowitzki, Morneau, Drew Stubbs and a generally major league sort of lineup. It’s a sleepy, normal day in spring training. A day after Ferrell-fest, that’s probably a good thing.

I’ve been walking around Salt River Fields here this morning and, as always, it’s fantastic. A great facility. Great view. Wide concourses. Nice people. And the home team’s social media folks are on point too. I happened upon this cool glove, and tweeted the photo out:

The Rockies in response:

That’s pretty brilliant, actually. Really, every day should be Prince Day.

Oh, and because I have been criminally negligent in posting equipment bag pics:

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Let’s have a fun game and a day with no pitcher injuries, OK? I would love a day with no pitcher injuries.

Joe Maddon on the Will Ferrell thing: “I thought it was brilliant”

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Joe Maddon, from this morning’s media session, when asked about the Will Ferrell stuff from yesterday, passed along by my friend JJ Stankevitz from CSNChicago.com, who is at Cubs camp:

If you want to connect to a different generation of baseball fans, maybe it’s important to include part of the pop culture outside of the industry that they’re really into, whether it’s music, whether it’s comedy, whatever it may be to get maybe this ancillary group to become more involved with us. And then that’s jut going to draw the kids in or that younger generation in on top of it. I thought it was brilliant.

Never thought of it. Perfect time to do it — spring training game, of course, it matters but it doesn’t’ matter in the bigger picture. But it mattered in the sense that I am certain — I would like to believe it, I would say, pretty strongly that kids who would never watch what would happen in a baseball game watched yesterday because Will Ferrell was involved. And then with Will Ferrell or whomever starts talking more about baseball and gets the kids drawn in through those means, that’s great also. Whoever thought of it, I thought it was brilliant.

Perhaps he’s overselling what Will Ferrell can accomplish, but I think he’s right on about the incorporation of non-sports pop culture in some way helping to broaden baseball’s appeal. Even with the Ferrell thing I have had several friends who aren’t baseball fans ask me about it. It drew the interest of people outside the game. That event isn’t likely to have any sort of big lasting impact, but the idea of placing baseball in front of people, even for the moment, who wouldn’t think much about baseball is a good one. It’s a good way to prevent that whole “I don’t even think about baseball until the World Series” mentality that seems common.