Paul Maholm has a torn ACL

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Dodgers pitcher Paul Maholm injured his right knee covering first base in the seventh inning of Friday night’s game against the Cubs. An MRI has revealed that the lefty has a torn ACL, the Dodgers reported via Twitter. Maholm will visit Dr. Neal ElAttrache to decide how to proceed. Surgery is, obviously, an option. Regardless of what he chooses, however, his season has ended.

Maholm, 32, has made eight starts and 22 relief appearances for the Dodgers this season, posting a 4.84 ERA with a 34/28 K/BB ratio in 70 2/3 innings. The Dodgers signed him to a one-year, $1.5 million contract back in February.

Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times suggests that the Dodgers will be on the lookout for starting and relief pitching via waivers throughout the month of August.

Minor League Baseball eclipses 40 million in attendance for 14th consecutive season

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Minor League Baseball announced on Wednesday that, for the 14th consecutive season, the league has eclipsed 40 million in total attendance. 20 teams set single-game attendance records and seven teams set franchise records for single-game attendance in their current parks.

ESPN’s Keith Law, who has been covering the minor leagues for quite a while, did the math:

Minor League Baseball president and CEO Pat O’Conner, whose most prominent stint in the public eye involved him disingenuously justifying the underpaying of his players, said, “Minor League Baseball continues to be the best entertainment value in sports, and these numbers support that. For us to top 40 million fans for the 14th consecutive season despite the weather challenges our teams faced in April and May is a testament to the continued support of our loyal fan bases and the creative promotions and hard work done by all of our teams across the country.”

Major and Minor League Baseball are quite happy to make money hand over fist on the backs of their players, but are too cheap to pay them adequately for their labor.