Robinson speaks out about Guillen's tirade
Washington Nationals: With Jose Guillen's equipment-tossing tirade following his ejection Wednesday under review by the league office, Nationals manager Frank Robinson said he wished his right fielder used more restraint.
Guillen was thrown out for cursing from the dugout after being called out on strikes against the Mets. He then threw bats and other equipment on the field, which leaves him looking at the possibility of a fine or even a suspension.
"You'd like to see him a little bit more in control," Robinson told the Washington Post on Thursday, "and understand, especially in this situation, the importance of having everybody available here and not being without one of your better players for any type of time, even if it's one game."
Guillen was out of the lineup Thursday in part because of a tweaked hamstring, and Robinson said he didn't want to take a chance of playing him in the wet outfield. Guillen told the Post that he was "50-50" for Friday's game in San Diego, "which is good for me. I'll be in there."
Bob Watson, baseball's vice president for on-field operations, told the Post he is awaiting videos of both the Guillen incident and Robinson's ejection from Tuesday night. In that game, Robinson argued with the umpiring crew for roughly five minutes.
"I hope to have the video by the weekend," Watson said. "We'll see."
Detroit Tigers: Pitcher Jeremy Bonderman is expected to rejoin the team Friday in Anaheim, Calif., after attending to his brother John, who remained in serious condition at a Seattle hospital on Thursday, two days after surgery to remove a strep infection in his right arm.
The Detroit Free Press reported the story in Friday's editions.
Jeremy Bonderman is expected to throw in a bullpen session Friday, manager Alan Trammell told the newspaper, and might pitch in a four-game series against Kansas City that starts Monday.
According to a report, John Bonderman contracted the infection during a football game a week ago Friday and was hospitalized Tuesday. He is a senior linebacker at Pasco High School. The infection did not respond to antibiotics.
"The next step is to lose the arm, and that's what we're worried about right now," Jeremy Bonderman's younger brother Jeff was quoted as saying in the Tri-City (Wash.) Herald.
Everett flew to Kennesaw, Ga. on Thursday night to be with his wife, Jennifer, while their 8-month-old daughter, Peyton, had surgery.
The Astros did not say what kind of surgery was performed, but it was pronounced a success. Everett is expected back Monday when the team travels to Pittsburgh for a four-game series.
The announcement officially ends the season for Silva, who was diagnosed with the injury in April and had pitched with it until Sunday, when he left Minnesota's 12-4 loss at Cleveland after allowing four runs and four hits in one inning.
"He understands that this is what we have to do to get ready for next year," said Gardenhire, who added that the team and Silva's agent, Peter Greenberg, would choose a surgeon in the coming days.
Silva finished the season 9-8 with a 3.44 ERA. He walked only .430 batters per nine innings (eight in 188 1-3 innings), the seventh-best ratio in baseball history.
Also called up were left-hander Tom Gorzelanny and right-hander Matt Capps, third baseman Jose Bautista and catcher Ronny Paulino. Indianapolis was eliminated from the International League playoffs on Thursday.
Bullington, who turns 25 later this month, is expected to make his major-league debut Sunday against the Reds. The Pirates already have three other rookies in their rotation, left-handers Zach Duke and Paul Maholm and right-hander Ian Snell.
Bullington, a former Kent State pitcher, was 9-5 with a 3.38 ERA with Indianapolis.
The Pirates lost Bautista in the December 2005 Rule Five draft, but regained him late last season after he played for the Orioles, Devil Rays and Royals in a span of four-plus months. He hit .205 in 64 games last season.
Bautista, Capps and Gorzelanny spent most of this season playing below Triple-A. Bautista hit .283 with 23 homers and 90 RBI for the Double-A Altoona Curve before batting .255 with one homer and four RBI in 13 games with Indianapolis.
Capps was pitching for Single-A Hickory last month before being moved up to Altoona and, later, Indianapolis. He had 14 saves in 35 games with Hickory and seven saves in 17 games with Altoona. Gorzelanny was 8-5 with a 3.26 ERA in 23 games with Altoona.
The Pirates purchased the contracts of the three pitchers and recalled Bautista and Paulino. To make room for the pitchers on their 40-man roster, they released pitcher Corey Stewart, designated outfielder Ray Sadler for assignment and moved outfielder Chris Duffy from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list.
Meche has been on the DL since Aug. 20 with tendinitis in his right knee. He is 10-8 with a 5.23 ERA in 25 starts this season and is second on the team in wins.
The right-hander threw a ball to Diamondbacks leadoff hitter Craig Counsell with his first pitch. Counsell drove the next pitch back to the mound about a foot above Day's knees, and Day instinctively stopped the ball with his bare right hand, deflecting it into his mitt.
He held onto the ball as he sank to the dirt in pain, recording one out in his third start with the Rockies and eighth this season.
Day walked off the field and through the dugout on his own. There was no immediate word on the extent of his injury.
Day (1-3) was recalled Sept. 4 from Triple-A Colorado Springs for a start against the Los Angeles Dodgers. In his next outing, he went five innings against the Diamondbacks on Sept. 10 in Denver, giving up six runs, including two homers, in an 8-5 loss.
Izturis went on the disabled list Aug. 23 with arthritis in his elbow and also a sprained lower back. An MRI exam of the elbow revealed problems.
The All-Star shortstop batted .257 with two home runs and 31 RBIs this season.
Cuba vs. South Korea in World Cup final
Defending champion Cuba beat Panama 15-2 and South Korea beat the Netherlands 7-0 on Friday to reach the Baseball World Cup final.
The final is on Saturday. South Korea was the last team to beat Cuba for the title, in 1982.
Cuba's Michel Enriquez drove in five runs and Yuliesky Gourriel hit a two-run homer, his tournament-leading eighth.
Yulieski Gonzalez didn't surrender a hit until Panama's Audes de Leon hit a solo homer in the fifth inning. Gonzalez went 6 1/3 innings and struck out six. Yunesky Maya struck out the last two hitters before the game was called at the end of the seventh on the 10-run mercy rule.
Panama had two relief pitchers ejected. After Ariel Pestano's two-run homer for Cuba in the fifth, Panama's Gilberto Mendez hit the first batter he faced, emptying both benches. Mendez was ejected, and his replacement Euclides Bethancourt also hit the first batter he faced and was ejected.
In the other semifinal, South Korea's Sang Hyeon Kim stunned Dutch fans with a two-run double in the first inning. South Korea added two runs in the fourth, and Sang Ho Chung hit another two-run double in the fifth.
Dae Woo Kim gave up just two hits through eight innings. Closer Won Sam Jang struck out two in the ninth.
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