D.J. Short

<> at Fenway Park on April 13, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Pedro Martinez on Colin Cowherd: “He needs to get to my level to answer him. I’m in the Hall of Fame.”

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ESPN announced yesterday that that radio host Colin Cowherd would no longer appear on the network following his offensive remarks earlier this week in which he insulted the intelligence of baseball players from the Dominican Republic.

MLB released a strongly-worded statement condemning Cowherd’s comments, which surely put extra pressure on ESPN to pull the plug. Cowherd is set to leave for FOX soon anyway, so he’s just being taken off the air a bit earlier than originally expected. Of course, FOX is a long-standing rightsholder with MLB, so it will be interesting to see if this has any further ramifications.

Pedro Martinez, who will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this weekend, was asked about Cowherd’s comments yesterday. The Dominican Republic native had the perfect answer (via Richard Sandomir of the New York Times):

“I’m sorry. He needs to get to my level to answer him. I’m in the Hall of Fame.”

As always, Pedro is the best.

UPDATE: Martinez spoke more about the situation this afternoon in Cooperstown. Check it out below:

Jon Niese watched the birth of his son via FaceTime

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - FEBRUARY 21:  Jon Niese #49 of the New York Mets poses for a photograph during spring training media photo day at Tradition Field on February 21, 2013 in Port St. Lucie, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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With his wife about to give birth to their second child, Mets left-hander Jon Niese wasn’t sure if he would even be able to pitch last night. He ended up making the start against the Dodgers, giving up six runs over a season-low three innings, and his wife gave birth during the game. However, he didn’t miss the event completely.

According to Daniel Popper of the New York Daily News, Niese watched the birth of his son via FaceTime before departing on a flight to Ohio. Surely he wanted to be there in person with his wife, but technology is pretty cool. And seeing his baby boy probably took the sting away from a rough night on the mound.

The Mets placed Niese on the paternity leave list this morning and recalled right-hander Logan Verrett from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Ouch: Billy Burns leaves game with “testicular contusion”

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 24: Billy Burns #1 of the Oakland Athletics is slow to his feet after being hit by the ball while at bat in the third inning against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on July 24, 2015 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
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We routinely cover the minutiae of injuries around here, so it’s easy to get desensitized to it. But this one will truly make you cringe.

Athletics outfielder Billy Burns was forced to exit Friday’s game against the Giants due to what was referred to as a “testicular contusion.” That’s right. Burns suffered the injury in the bottom of the third inning when he tapped a foul ball and was hit in a very sensitive area. While he somehow managed to finish the at-bat, he didn’t feel well enough to continue after going out to play defense in the top of the fourth.

Here’s his explanation to Joe Stiglich of CSNBayArea.com:

“It never got better,” Burns said. “I felt like I was going to throw up in the outfield. I could run fine, but as soon as I was trying to stand up, that was the worst. The left side of my stomach has been hurting ever since.”

Burns said he’s dealing with swelling in the ureter tube that leads to the bladder. You know, just in case you want the really painful details. The good news is that it isn’t something that is expected to send him to the disabled list. Athletics manager Bob Melvin said he’s doubtful to play this afternoon, but it sounds like he should be back relatively soon.