Author: D.J. Short

HOUSTON, TX - MAY 18:  Lance McCullers #43 of the Houston Astros throws in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Minute Maid Park on May 18, 2015 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Lance McCullers, Jr. wore Batman cleats for his major league debut tonight


Check out these awesome Batman cleats that Lance McCullers, Jr. wore in his major league debut tonight against the Athletics.

This is apparently within MLB rules. Matt Harvey, who has “Dark Knight” carved into his bats, is probably kicking himself for not thinking of this idea first.

As for how McCullers fared on the mound, he allowed one run on three hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings while striking out five. You can watch video of his first major league strikeout here.

Bud Norris lands on disabled list due to bronchitis

(NEW YORK DAILIES OUT)    in action against the at Yankee Stadium on May 10, 2015 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees defeated the Orioles 6-2.

Bud Norris has been sidelined since May 10 due to bronchitis and the Orioles have finally decided to place him on the 15-day disabled list.

According to Rich Dubroff of, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that Norris has lost “significant weight” while battling the illness. He’ll be eligible to return on May 26 if he’s feeling better by then.

Norris has really struggled to begin the season, posting an ugly 9.88 ERA with 18 strikeouts and 13 walks in 27 1/3 innings over six starts. Mike Wright filled in on Sunday against the Angels and tossed 7 1/3 scoreless innings in his major league debut. He deserves another opportunity.

Bruce Chen announces his retirement

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Bruce Chen throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Friday, May 15, 2015. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Bruce Chen was designated for assignment by the Indians over the weekend after being knocked around for nine runs in 6 1/3 innings over two starts. Rather than pitch in the minors again or seek an opportunity elsewhere, the 37-year-old left-hander has decided to retire from baseball.

Here’s part of his announcement on Twitter:

Chen will finish his career with an 82-81 record and a 4.62 ERA in 227 starts and 173 relief appearances over 17 seasons. Including his brief stint with Cleveland this season, he ended up pitching for 11 different teams.