MLB investigating leak of financial documents

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In news that should come with little surprise, Major League Baseball is quite upset about Monday’s leaking of the financial documents of various teams and is looking for the source that gave up the information. 

As noted by Richard Sandomir of the New York Times, access to teams’ financial records is usually limited to the MLB commissioner’s office, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, and accounting firms Ernst & Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers.  All five of those outlets will be investigated thoroughly.

Pirates principal owner Bob Nutting, who was found to have scored major profits in the midst of losing seasons, has not spoken up about the matter.  But Marlins president David Samson has, calling the leak a “a breach of fiduciary obligation and duty by the leaking party” on ESPN.com.

Even if Pirates fans are treating the whole mess with apathy, this isn’t over.

Charlie Morton exits start with discomfort in right shoulder

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Astros pitcher Charlie Morton left Sunday’s start against the Angels after just one inning due to discomfort in his right shoulder, the team announced. Morton yielded a one-out double to Justin Upton, who later scored on a wild pitch. He averages about 96 MPH on his fastball but sat in the 92-94 MPH range in his one inning of work.

Morton, 34, went on the disabled list with right shoulder discomfort on August 29 and returned on September 8. It’s bad news for the Astros, who may have to go into the playoffs without him. If that is to be the case, Lance McCullers would take Morton’s spot in the rotation. It’s also bad news for Morton, who is a free agent after the season and figures to be one of the more sought-after starters.

Morton entered Sunday’s start 15-3 with a 3.15 ERA with a 195/63 K/BB ratio in 163 innings of work.