Back in February, Hank the Dog was just some stray in a blighted part of Phoenix. Now he’s such a big shot people are willing pay hundreds of dollars for his dirty dishes. From the MLB Auctions site:
You are bidding on Hank the Ballpark Pup’s Milwaukee Brewers dog bowl. Hank made a special appearance at the Brewers versus Pirates game on May 14, 2014 and kindly had his dog bowl authenticated for us, once he was done using it of course. This dog bowl is authenticated as “Hank Used” with MLB hologram number HZ180144 and 20% of the proceeds will be donated to the Wisconsin Humane Society.
And you thought Tanaka’s folding chair was an esoteric pice of memorabilia.
Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw is nearing his return to the mound, according to club manager Dave Roberts. Both Kershaw (left biceps tendinitis) and fellow lefty Rich Hill (left middle finger blister) are scheduled to toss simulated games on Saturday; depending on the outcome, Roberts says Kershaw could forgo a minor league assignment and slot back into the rotation by Thursday.
Kershaw, 30, was diagnosed with biceps tendinitis as the team closed out their Mexico Series at the start of the month. He has not made a start in several weeks, but was finally able to resume throwing on Sunday and managed to get through two successful bullpen sessions. Though Dodgers’ ace hasn’t been completely injury-free over his 11-year career in the majors, this is the first significant issue he’s had with his pitching arm so far. The team is expected to take every precaution with the lefty, and will likely limit him to just four innings during Saturday’s simulated game.
Prior to his injury, Kershaw was working on another dominant run with the club, sporting a 2.86 ERA, 2.0 BB/9 and 9.8 SO/9 through his first 44 innings of the season. While Kershaw, Hill and left-handed starter Hyun-Jin Ryu served their respective terms on the disabled list this month, the Dodgers utilized a combination of relievers Ross Stripling and Brock Stewart, both of whom impressed during their limited time in the rotation.