The Nationals have announced the passing of shortstop prospect Yewri Guillen due to bacterial meningitis. Guillen, 18, was signed by Washington in February and was playing at the club's Dominican Republic academy. He was honored with a moment of silence before tonight's Brewers/Nationals game. MLBTR sends our condolences to Guillen's friends and family.
Some news from around the majors…
- Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star discussed potential call-ups and other roster moves for the Royals in a chat with fans this afternoon.
- Rich Harden has suffered an injury to his teres major muscle that will likely elongate his stay on the disabled list, reports MLB.com's Eric Gilmore. Harden, who signed a one-year, $1.5MM deal with the Athletics in December, has been on the DL with an injury to his throwing shoulder.
- Are the surprising Indians for real? Probably not, says Fangraphs' Steve Slowinski, but the Tribe has so many young players on the roster that it's hard to calculate if these players will drastically fall off or if some are just developing. Slowinski also notes that Cleveland is winning despite slow starts from expected stars like Shin-Soo Choo and Carlos Santana.
- The White Sox closer will be "whoever is there in the ninth inning," Ozzie Guillen tells Dave van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune. We didn't get a chance to see a save situation tonight as Chicago lost to the Angels, but keep following @CloserNews (MLBTR's sister Twitter feed) for the latest on who will be finishing games for the Pale Hose.
It’s too bad Harden can’t stay healthy, when he’s on the mound he’s pretty awesome.
when he’s on the mound he’s pretty awesome.
Harden is more like a special guest star who makes appearances on a few MLB “episodes” every season than an actual member of a pitching staff. It’s a shame.
Also, freaking terrible news for a kid to die that young.
Art of Baseball
What a shame. Cant imagine what his family must be going through.
Damn, way too young to go.
Shouldn’t immunization have been part of the contract? I wonder if this will force any sort of action from the league. I know in the NFL the training camp rules changed when Korey Stringer died.
Don’t look now,but both the Indians and Royals are over .500. With the White Sox struggling and the Twins injuries, who do you think will win the A.L. Central.
Detroit is at .500 and has a 4-game winning streak so I’m gonna go with them.
But the White Sox are going to be in the hunt. I’m starting to think that the Twins are going to have “one of those years.”
JacksTigers thinks the Tigers will win the AL Central.
Who didn’t see that prediction coming?
I had the White Sox winning before the season started.
And after just 14 games and with the Sox owning a better record than Detroit, it’s time for a change? OK
Hoo-boy. I’m going out on a limb here, but I think the Twins have some serious problems to overcome this season-I don’t see it happening for them this year. If Cleveland and K.C. end up over .500 when all is said and done, they will at least know who the ‘players’ are going forward for them. I just don’t see either team having enough to keep them in it to the end. It’d be cool if I’m wrong though. Those teams have been down for awhile-no matter, the future looks brighter for both teams.
Oh, yeah. As much as I am not a fan of Detroit, I think they top the division this year.
As much as I hate to say this, I think the White Sox will still win it. They’re gonna figure out their closer situation eventually and they are just too talented. Hopefully I’m wrong and the tribe keep it up, I might go to the game tomorrow. Also, that is absolutely terrible news about the kid.
That’s the spirit Ozzie.
Since Ozzie is his good friend, Miguel Cabrera said he will drink to that!
That is completley uncalled for. You and I both know that he has an addiction that needs to be treated. God forbid he gets some support. Why don’t we take some cheap shots at Josh Hamilton, he was out of baseball snorting the first base line. Scott Speizio’s career ended because of addiction. His name escapes me but the Mariners have a relief pitcher who sunk so low, he was on a beer league soft ball team. He has a problem. Keep your comments to yourself.
I find it odd that you would take offense to Beaford’s comment, which I can respect… but in the same breathe you say something along the same lines as him in ‘hamilton was out of baseball snorting the first base line’
Most of us have never heard of a “teres major” muscle, but it’s no surprise that Rich Harden is the first guy I can recall to injure it.