MLB NOTEBOOK: Dodgers trade Delwyn Young to Pittsburgh.
The Dodgers agreed Tuesday to trade outfielder Delwyn Young, a Littlerock High product who was designated for assignment the previous day, to the Pittsburgh Pirates for two minor-league players to be named.
Young was out of minor-league options and the Dodgers didn't have a place for him on their active roster. Presumably, Young will join the Pirates' major-league roster for today's game against Houston.
In parts of three seasons with the Dodgers, Young played a total of 110 games, hitting .267 with three home runs and 10 RBIs.
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Glavine's career at an end?
Tom Glavine may retire if his sore left shoulder doesn't improve in two weeks.
Glavine was told Tuesday he must rest for at least two weeks after inflammation was found in his left rotator cuff. The 43-year-old had an MRI and was examined by Dr. James Andrews, who advised treatment and rest.
Glavine said he's tired of rehabbing after elbow and shoulder surgery last August. He's willing to give the shoulder two weeks, but not much longer.
"I'm willing to put in a little more time but I'm not willing to put in another six weeks or eight weeks because by then, you know what, I'm going to have to start all over again and I'm not interested in doing that," he said.
Glavine joined the Braves at Turner Field on Tuesday night following the examination in Birmingham, Ala. He ended Sunday's minor league start with Double-A Mississippi after two innings due to soreness in the shoulder after swinging a bat.
Investigators await Fidrych autopsy results
Authorities are awaiting autopsy results on Mark Fidrych and trying to figure out how the former Detroit Tigers All-Star pitcher died on his Massachusetts farm. Fidrych was found dead Monday at 54 beneath a 10-wheel dump truck at his Northborough, Mass., home.
Although he appears to have died from an accident, state law requires that all unattended deaths be investigated. The Worcester District Attorney's office said it does not expect autopsy results Tuesday.
Fidrych was the American League's Rookie of the Year in 1976, going 19-9 with a 2.34 ERA and pitching 24 complete games for Detroit. He won the hearts of fans across the country by talking to the ball and smoothing out the pitcher's mound between innings.
Fidrych only won 10 more games in an injury-ruined career, but The Bird remains a beloved figure in Detroit sports history.
"In the two years he was here, he was probably the most popular Detroit Tiger there has ever been," Hall of Famer Al Kaline said before Detroit's game against the Chicago White Sox was rained out Tuesday.
Kalas died of cardiovascular disease
Autopsy results show that longtime Philadelphia Phillies' TV and radio broadcaster Harry Kalas died from heart disease.
A spokeswoman at the Washington D.C. chief medical examiner's office said Kalas, who died Monday at 73, had high blood pressure and suffered from atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. The disease, in which plaque buildup restricts blood flow in arteries, is a major cause of heart attacks and strokes.
Nationals option Milledge to minors
Off to an 0-7 start this season after finishing with a majors-high 102 losses in 2008, Washington optioned starting center fielder and leadoff hitter Lastings Milledge to Triple-A Syracuse. Milledge was hitting .167 with no extra-base hits, one RBI, one walk and 10 strikeouts atop the batting order.
"He is still a work-in-progress as a leadoff man," assistant general manager Mike Rizzo said during a conference call. "This is certainly a message that we need for players to perform."
Wagner throws off mound
Injured New York Mets closer Billy Wagner threw off a mound for what was believed to be the first time since elbow ligament replacement surgery last Sept.10. Wagner threw 10 pitches from flat ground, then took the mound in a 23-pitch bullpen session in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Glavine's career at an end?
Delwyn Young was out of minor-league options with the Dodgers, who agreed to trade him Tuesday.
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