Quick Hits: Jackson, Perkins, Lane, Nitkowski

Happy birthday to Hall-of-Famer Jim Rice, who turns 59 today.  On a more somber note, it was on this day in 1999 that the legendary Joe DiMaggio passed away at age 84 after a battle with lung cancer.

Here's some news from around the majors as we head into the end of the work week…

  • Edwin Jackson tells Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he didn't receive any interest from the Cardinals about returning to the team.  "There was no involvement with the Cardinals. Pitching wasn't a department they needed help in. Their rotation is pretty much set," Jackson said.  "It was a place I wouldn't have minded going back to…but, coming into the offseason, it was never a place I realistically thought I had a chance to go back to."
  • Phil Mackey of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities radio details Glen Perkins' path from filing a grievance against the Twins in 2009 and seemingly being on the outs with the club to today's three-year extension that keeps the southpaw in Minnesota through 2015.
  • Jason Lane talks to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic about his attempt to return to the Major Leagues as a pitcher, and how a chance meeting with Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers last summer led to Lane getting a minor league deal with Arizona.
  • C.J. Nitkowski, who last pitched in the majors in 2005, threw a bullpen session with the Mets on Thursday, reports MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.  Nitkowski pitched in Japan and Korea from 2007-2010 and, as MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince details, underwent a controversial blood-and-stem cell treatment last year.  Nitkowski was the ninth overall pick of the 1994 amateur draft and pitched for eight teams in a 10-year Major League career, including a five-game stint with the Mets in 2001.
  • The long-term effects of Lucas Giolito's UCL strain have yet to be determined, but Baseball America's Conor Glassey examines how the injury could impact Giolito's position in the 2012 amateur draft.
  • The Mexican Baseball League has announced that Jose Canseco will not play for Quintana Roo Tigers after the slugger allegedly took a banned substance and refused to take a drug test, reports ESPN's news news services.  League president Plinio Escalante told ESPN Deportes that testosterone was the banned substance.  Canseco has denied the charge on his Twitter account.


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12 Comments on "Quick Hits: Jackson, Perkins, Lane, Nitkowski"


inleylandwetrust
3 years 5 months ago

Canseco still juicing? Why am I not surprised…

JimBaily
3 years 5 months ago

 Perhaps he should have blamed the messenger.

AmericanMovieFan
3 years 5 months ago

I wonder how often Jose Conseco kicks himself for being about five years too older to have reaped the full financial benefits of the steroids era.

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
3 years 5 months ago

I knew Lane was trying to make a comeback with the D-backs, but I didn’t know it was as a pitcher. Interesting move this late in his career. Good luck to him though, I enjoyed watching him play during the Astro’s run in ’05.

astros_should_be_fortyfives
3 years 5 months ago

 watched him come up in New Orleans with the zephyrs and with the Astros but he was a big dude with only an average arm from the outfield ,do not see how he could possibly do well as a pitcher but ,more power to him it would be cool to see him get back in the game.

metfan31
3 years 5 months ago

if he never tested how can he be banned…

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
3 years 5 months ago

The definition of Jose Canseco has been changed to “tests positive for banned substance.”

3 years 5 months ago

You would think Canseco would learn by now.

Tko11
Tko11
3 years 5 months ago

 A proven liar and cheater, the only word that describes him is pathetic. I thoroughly enjoyed him getting destroyed in MMA.

JimBaily
3 years 5 months ago

Ryan Braun is in MMA?

3 years 5 months ago

Jackson > Westbrook.
Not sure why the Cards didn’t try to do somethin’ there. 

David McCutcheon
3 years 5 months ago

No trade clause for both Westbrook and Lohse. Hard to move someone to justify it.