A deeper look at the holdup on approving Jeff Moorad as the Padres owner

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Yesterday the assembled owners put the vote to approve Jeff Moorad as the Padres owner on hold.  Today Tim Sullivan of the San Diego Union-Tribune has more on that. Specifically, that there are concerns about team finances and debt limit considerations:

Selig declined to specify what questions Moorad’s group must resolve, but he said concerns were first voiced by Jonathan Mariner, MLB’s chief financial officer, on Friday … A baseball source indicated that some of the issues in need of addressing could relate to the commitment of Moorad’s partners and their willingness to fund future cash calls.

It’s kind of rich that after two years of McCourt/Wilpon craziness baseball is now going to hold the line on debt and finances for a guy who saved the bacon of the team’s outgoing owner, John Moores.  And it totally irked Moores, who was the only one who voted against Selig’s two-year contract extension yesterday.

That said, if making Moorad wait a bit means that MLB is now going to look closely at all incoming owners’ finances and make sure that no more hucksters get into the ownership ranks, well, all the better.

Masahiro Tanaka to throw off a mound this weekend

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Earlier this month Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka strained both of his hamstrings while running the bases in an interleague game against the Mets and was sent to the 10-day DL. Today it was announced that the beginning of the end of most DL stints for pitchers — throwing off of a mound — is in Tanaka’s immediate future.

Tanaka is scheduled to throw off a mound Sunday, which will be his first real (well, fake real) pitching action since the June 9th injury. Assuming the session goes well, Tanaka is expected to return to the Yankees’ starting rotation sometime in early-to-mid July. With the All-Star break coming the week of July 16, it would not be hard to imagine the Yankees giving him a few extra days to get right.

Tanaka is 7-2 with a 4.58 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 73/19 in 72.2 innings on the season.