MLB NOTEBOOK: Cardinals take a breather
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The electronic message board where the St. Louis Cardinals lineup is posted left no room for debate: Clubhouse Closed. Coaches Included.
A breather was mandated Monday before the NL Central-leading Pirates come to town. Manager Mike Matheny said before they get back to business, players need to get away.
Adam Wainwright, who in recent starts has lacked the put-away pitch that makes him the staff ace, got a similar message. He has steadfastly maintained fatigue is not an issue, but figures to be fresh after three extra days rest entering the series opener Tuesday night.
Reds reinstate OF Ludwick
CHICAGO (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds reinstated outfielder Ryan Ludwick from the 60-day disabled list before their game Monday against the Chicago Cubs.
Ludwick had been out since opening day when he tore cartilage in his right shoulder during a head-first slide into third base against the Los Angeles Angels. Ludwick had shoulder surgery and couldn’t swing for three months.
During a rehab assignment, Ludwick went 6-for-44, but finished with a four-game hitting streak. Ludwick says coming back has been “a lot tougher than I thought it would be.”
Also, Cincinnati optioned OF Derrick Robinson to Triple-A Louisville.
Orioles’ Jones moving on
PHOENIX (AP) — Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is moving on a day after tweeting that a fan in San Francisco threw a banana onto the field near him during a game.
Jones, who is black, homered in the top of the ninth and had four RBIs in the Orioles’ 10-2 win over the Giants on Sunday. He didn’t say anything about the incident after the game, but posted a tweet with an expletive that a fan had thrown a banana onto the field during the ninth inning.
A Giants fan told the San Jose Mercury News on Monday that he threw the banana, but said it was out of anger at the Giants and not racially motivated.
The Giants told the newspaper they were not able to verify the fan’s claim.
The Giants issued an apology to Jones and the Orioles.
Clark fired from radio show
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Former St. Louis Cardinals star Jack Clark is out of his sports talk radio job along with his co-host after saying Albert Pujols took performance-enhancing drugs.
Clark said on the air last week on WGNU in St. Louis that Pujols’ former trainer, Chris Mihlfeld, told him 10 years ago that he injected PEDs into Pujols, the former Cardinals great now in his second season with the Angels, who is sidelined by a foot injury.
Pujols responded with a vehement denial Friday night and said he planned to take legal action against Clark and his employers.
Early Saturday, the company that owns the show hosted by Clark and Kevin Slaten, insideSTL Enterprises LLC, said in a statement that Clark “is no longer associated with the company,” then later canceled the show, costing Slaten his job, too.
Rays claim reliever from Astros
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays have bolstered their bullpen, claiming durable lefty Wesley Wright off waivers from the Houston Astros, Tampa Bay announced Monday.
Tampa Bay is in the thick of the races for the AL East and the wild-card spots.
Wright is expected to join the Rays for tonights night’s home game against Seattle.
The 28-year-old Wright is 0-4 with a 3.92 ERA and leads AL relievers with 54 appearances.