D.J. Short

Phillies pull Jeff Francoeur back after waiver claim


Jeff Francoeur can’t be traded for the remainder of the season, as Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Phillies pulled him back after he was recently claimed on revocable waivers.

This might come as a surprise to some, as many have speculated on Francoeur as a potential fit for a contender. The 31-year-old has batted .272 with 12 home runs and a .772 OPS over 92 games this season and could have been a useful bench piece somewhere.

Perhaps a trade would have been more realistic if Francoeur passed through waivers unclaimed, as the Phillies would have been able to negotiate with all 29 teams. However, he was never going to net more than a marginal prospect in return, so it’s not worth getting too worked up about. As Meghan Montemurro of the News Journal points out, Francoeur’s standing in the clubhouse was likely a significant reason why the Phillies ultimately decided to just keep him for the final month and change of the season.

Andy Pettitte has his No. 46 retired by the Yankees


After Jorge Posada was honored by the Yankees on Saturday, his former teammate Andy Pettitte had his No. 46 retired and a plaque unveiled in Monument Park before Sunday’s game against the Indians. He’s the 20th player to have his number retired by the Yankees.

Pettitte, who was named in the 2007 Mitchell Report for his use of HGH, is the first admitted PED user to have his number retired by an MLB team. Naturally, he was asked about it Sunday at Yankee Stadium. According to Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York, below was his response:

“I’m thankful,” said Pettitte when he was asked what it means to him to be honored in such a matter despite being mentioned in the Mitchell Report. “I have always tried to be respectful. I had a man tell me a long time ago, ‘You take care of your character, and God will take care of your reputation.’ I have kind of carried that phrase with me for a long time.”

You can watch the highlights of Pettitte’s big day below, including his ceremonial first pitch to Posada:

Pettitte, a three-time All-Star, won five World Series titles with the Yankees and holds several postseason pitching records. He won 219 games over 15 seasons with New York while posting a 3.94 ERA.

On second thought, Hector Olivera could get some more time in the minors


It was reported late last week that Hector Olivera could make his major league debut with the Braves as soon as Monday, but David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution hears that he might get some more time in the minors instead.

Acquired from the Dodgers in a three-team, 13-player trade last month, Olivera is 4-for-29 (.138) with no extra-base hits over nine minor league rehab games since missing a month with a hamstring strain. He has only played a handful of games in Triple-A. Rosters are set to expand on September 1, so it’s just a matter of time before he takes over as the starting third baseman for the Braves. But giving him a few more games in Triple-A to shake the rust isn’t the worst idea.

Olivera, 30, signed a earlier this year after batting .323/.407/.505 over 10 seasons in Cuba’s Serie Nacional.