D.J. Short

Oakland Athletics pitcher Sean Doolittle works against the Seattle Mariners during the sixth inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
AP Photo/Ben Margot

Sean Doolittle is in The Best Shape of His Life

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Sometimes this stuff is just too easy. Still, we greatly appreciate Sean Doolittle cutting to the chase at Athletics’ camp in Mesa, Arizona. It’s a real help.

By the way, Doolittle also changed his Twitter name to “BestShapeOfMyLifeGuy,” so he’s living the gimmick these days.

Doolittle missed the start of last season due to a slight tear in his rotator cuff. The southpaw finally made his season debut in late May, but landed right back on the disabled list after just one appearance. After three months of rehab, Doolittle rejoined the Athletics in late August and posted a 4.26 ERA and 13/5 K/BB ratio over 12 2/3 innings. He looked much better after his first couple of appearances and his velocity wasn’t far off from where it has been in the past. The Athletics added Ryan Madson over the winter, but Doolittle should be the favorite for save chances this season if he’s healthy. And fortunately for the A’s, it sounds like he is.

Tanner Scheppers to miss first half of season after knee surgery

Texas Rangers relief pitcher Tanner Scheppers walks off the field after being removed during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
AP Photo/Stephen Brashear

After missing most of 2014 with an elbow issue, Rangers right-hander Tanner Scheppers dealt with ankle and knee injuries last season while struggling to the tune of a 5.63 ERA over 42 appearances. Unfortunately, 2016 is already off to the wrong foot.

According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, Scheppers is slated to undergo surgery on Wednesday to repair torn cartilage in his left knee. It’s the same knee that bothered him for much of last season. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said that the expectation is that he’ll miss at least the first half of the season.

Tanners was excellent out of the bullpen in 2013, posting a 1.88 ERA over 76 appearances, but it’s been all downhill for him since the Rangers tried to convert him to a starter two years ago. Now he’ll have to wait until later this summer to break his string of bad luck.

Quote of the Day: Fred Wilpon finally comes clean

New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon stands on the field before baseball's Game 3 of the National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
AP Photo/Kathy Willens

The Wilpons’ finances have been a sore subject dating back to their involvement in the Madoff scandal. As the Mets’ payroll decreased to comical levels in the years that followed, owner Fred Wilpon has given very few comments to the media, which has only fueled the anger and vitriol from the fan base. Even a trip to the World Series couldn’t solve it, as the club appeared to be going cheap this winter before they surprised the baseball world last month by bringing back outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on a three-year, $75 million contract. As Mike Puma of the New York Post notes, the vibes are a bit better at Mets camp these days:

This is legitimately funny, perhaps because it’s hard to shake the notion that he might actually be serious? Anyway, well played, Mr. Wilpon.