For Dodgers owner, it's a case of from bad to worse
Things just keep piling up for Dodgers owner Frank McCourt. Bad enough that MLB has taken from him almost all authority over his team, and he's in danger of not being able to make this month's payroll, now comes word that his ex is taking legal action to force the sale of the team.
Jamie McCourt, who in better times was installed as the team's CEO by her husband, on Thursday asked Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon, who presided over the former couple's divorce trial, to order the sale of the team. The franchise, she said through her lawyers, has been badly mismanaged since her ex fired her.
And seeing as how MLB believes the Dodgers do not have enough money to make their May 31 player payroll, she may be right.
The judge set a June 22 date to hear arguments about why he should order the sale of the Dodgers as well as a previous request made by Jamie McCourt to have her ex-husband turn over financial documents.
Diamondbacks' Galarraga has hard fall
It's been a long, hard fall for Armando Galarraga, who while with the Detroit Tigers last year made headlines when a bad call made by umpire Jim Joyce in the top of the ninth with two outs robbed him of what would have been a perfect game against the Cleveland Indians. Now with Arizona, the 29-year-old righthander was designated for assignment Tuesday, which means the Diamondbacks have 10 days to trade, release, or ask waivers on Galarraga.
To be fair, he's had bad year: 3-4 with a 5.91 ERA in eight starts. Also, he led the majors with 13 home runs allowed and has walked 22 in 422/3 innings.
The move came almost exactly 24 hours after Galarraga challenged reporters when asked if he was worried he might lose his spot in the rotation.
"Why worry? Is it something I have to worry about? We'll talk about it at the end of the season," Galarraga snipped. "What are you talking about with my next start? You saying I'm going to lose my job? I'm frustrated about this start, not about the next one."
Giants' DeRosa again headed to DL
San Francisco Giants third baseman Mark DeRosa could be headed for his second stint of the season on the disabled list after straining his left wrist in Wednesday night's game against the Dodgers.
The 36-year-old DeRosa appeared to hurt himself as he was cocking his bat for Clayton Kershaw's 1-2 pitch, which bounced in the dirt. DeRosa immediately spun out of the batter's box and, in obvious pain, immobilized his left arm by pressing it against his body. As head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner led him off the field, DeRosa angrily whipped off his batting helmet and flung it down the tunnel leading from the dugout to the clubhouse.
The injury was an ominous one for DeRosa, who has undergone left wrist surgery twice since October 2009.