MLB Capsules: Brewers outfielder Morgan practices with Sharks

On his fourth try all through a hockey breakaway drill, Nyjer Morgan shot the puck previous Sharks goalie Thomas Greiss to rating inside the bottom best suited corner inside the net. Greiss do the Milwaukee Brewers outfielder a favor and allow it go in, with Morgan later on thanking him owning a company pat in the direction of the chest pad.

A giddy Morgan cheered, thrust his stick inside the oxygen to celebrate and started to be considered a tad wobbly inside the ice earlier to recovering. When enquired about it shortly after his outing Wednesday, he started to be defensive.

"But how really numerous athletes can you understand who can just bounce inside the ice and do what I just did? Exactly," Morgan said. "Pretty cool, huh? It's been really numerous moons, it's been lots of years, yeah. And I've nonetheless obtained it, you see that?"

At last, the diehard San Jose lover and previous hockey participant obtained the opportunity to exercise using the celebration he loves — even so short it was.

"Tony Plush" as he refers to himself — "Say it one time, yeah!" he begged of somebody to communicate aloud his self-created alter ego — stepped out for the very first time 36 mins to the hourlong session sporting a dark No. two Sharks jersey with "Plush" on back.

"Oh, my ft hurt," he said, posing and acknowledging the crowd owning an enormous grin after his short stint inside the ice was done.

He obtained merely a little pep communicate and some razzing from Sharks captain Joe Thornton beforehand while eagerly awaiting his turn.

"Not bad. it experienced been much better than I thought," Thornton mentioned later on inside the locker room. "He's a genuinely decent guy. He likes to laugh. i experienced been just type of fooling near to with him merely a little bit. It appears like he enjoyed coming right here and we loved owning him. ... It loosens everyone up. He's obtained an extraordinary character and he relates in the direction of the guys."

About 100 fans turned out on the Sharks exercise facility to witness Morgan's workout, for all those that can really phone call it that. He worked on his passing skills and after attempted to juggle the puck with his left skate in the soccer-like move.

Greiss and other people experienced been a lot impressed using the endeavours of Morgan, who have been a Sharks lover offered the fact that business began actively playing inside the Bay place in 1991.

Morgan's very first three shots on aim experienced been simply halted by Greiss, who eased up inside the last attempt.

"He just arrived comfortably owning a good shot and complement it in," Greiss said. "He skates genuinely well. He's mentioned he likes to acquire on his skates and have fun. you can see that."

Mike Sizemore, a 21-year-old mechanised engineering scholar at nearby Santa Clara college who grew up in St. Louis, arrived to taunt the center fielder. Sizemore, who claimed he wasn't skipping class, sported a Cardinals earth sequence shirt beneath a St. Louis jersey and held a indicator reading: "(at)TPlush decent to determine you're tryin' hockey. Baseball didn't purpose out."

"Nyjer Morgan talked lots of smack this yr in opposition to the Cardinals, so I believed I'd spend him a visit," Sizemore said.

Morgan, who nonetheless spends the offseason in his native Bay Area, was a previous due bloomer in expert baseball — acquiring his start at about age twenty shortly after determining to create the change from hockey — and grew up actively playing hockey as his very first adore and hoped to turn pro. He arrived out in 7 fixtures using the Regina Pats inside the junior Western Hockey League in 1999-2000, registering two aims and twenty penalty minutes. He moved to Canada at age 16 to hold out hockey.

San Jose instructor Todd McLellan isn't really ready to commit to signing Morgan. But he would consider into account it.

"You know what, I've observed his eagerness and his energy when he gets out over a ballfield, and if that converts into something inside the ice, I definitely will, but I do know one thing, he wouldn't be going inside the shootout," mentioned McLellan, a instructor inside the WHL all through Morgan's junior hockey days. "His ball characteristics, along using the way in which he stirs stuff up inside the ballfield, that's the exact same exact way he was inside the ice surface. He was a tad of the disturber, obtained below complexion of some within another players, and competed hard."

The 31-year-old Morgan was a 33rd-round choose in the Pittsburgh Pirates inside the 2002 draft. Morgan agreed to some $2.35 million, one-year contract with Milwaukee last thirty day period to keep away from arbitration. He arrived in the industry using the Washington Nationals last March, getting the team's principal center fielder in opposition to right-handed pitchers. He carried out in 119 fixtures for the Brewers, batting .304 with 4 residence runs and 37 RBIs.

This time, there is an enormous amount of fist-bumping owning a completely different sort of glove.

"Ah, that brought back again so really numerous memories, just merely because I adore hockey," Morgan said. "Not as well really numerous African Americans, specifically in San Jose, can really relate, so I would would rather really stimulate individuals to arrive out right here and try skating. It's a fabulous game. There are so really numerous fulfilling factors and just methods of getting together with individuals by employing this game. That's how it's assisted me by employing my life."

So, what do the Brewers think about all this?

"I'll allow you just be worried about that one. subsequent question," he said, getting testy.

Morgan skated using the Penguins numerous many years back, but noted: "I couldn't genuinely show them my skills like I do here. i experienced been inside the enemy's territory. I bleed teal."

Asked about skipping the potentially hazardous hint drill, Morgan said: "Hey, man, I've obtained to acquire sensible out here, arrive on now. I'm done. many thanks for owning me, I appreciate it."

Morgan declined to predict how much the Pacific Division-leading Sharks will go. They lost inside the Western Conference finals last time period to Vancouver, which lost inside the Stanley Cup Finals to Boston.

"Ah, I'm saying nothing," Morgan said. "Every time Plush says something, I get Plush into trouble, so I'm leaving it alone."

Lannan, Nats argue very first arbitration hearing of year

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Pitcher John Lannan along using the Washington Nationals have argued baseball's very first wage arbitration circumstance inside the year.

The left-hander enquired for just about any increase from $2.75 million to $5.7 million all through a hearing Wednesday earlier to some three-person panel. The Nationals argued he must acquire compensated $5 million.

A choice by arbitrators Robert Herzog, Elizabeth Neumeier and John Skonier is anticipated Thursday. Lannan was 10-13 owning a 3.70 ERA in 33 starts last season.

Twenty-four gamers stay in arbitration, with hearings scheduled by employing Feb. 17. gamers won two of three hearings last year. clubs possess a 286-212 borders offered the fact that method began in 1974. Washington experienced last gone to hearings in 2010, when it defeated Brian Bruney and Sean Burnett.

Dodgers' Loney will not confront charges

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors say criminal expenses will not be filed in opposition to Los Angeles Dodgers very first baseman James Loney, who was arrested last yr on suspicion of producing below the influence.

City attorney's workplace spokesman Frank Mateljan mentioned Wednesday the fact that workplace obtained a assertion from law enforcement and determined there is insufficient proof to proceed owning a circumstance in opposition to Loney.

Loney was arrested Nov. 14 shortly after his Maserati strike three automobiles over a Los Angeles freeway. California Highway Patrol Officer Leland Tang says Loney apparently passed out, then awakened and attempted to leave. He was arrested and offered a our blood test.

Banner evening at Citi area on may possibly 27

NEW YORK (AP) — the brand ny Mets are bringing back again banner evening for the very first time in 16 years, scheduling the event for may possibly 27 earlier to their fixture in opposition to the San Diego Padres.

The payroll-cutting Mets, coming away their 3rd straight dropping season, held banner evening from 1963-96 and therefore are restoring it as element of the 50th anniversary celebration.

The celebration mentioned Wednesday "we are self-confident that Mets fans can be right within their imaginative expressions. As this really is intended to acquire a fulfilling and family-friendly event, we will reserve the best suited to refuse any profane or mean-spirited banner."

New York mentioned it will announce guest judges and prizes later.

Pirates indicator RHP Cruz to minor league deal

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed right-handed reliever Juan Cruz to some minor league contract and will invite him to spring training.

The 33-year-old Cruz went 5-0 owning a 3.88 ERA in 56 relief appearances with Tampa Bay last season. He's previously pitched for the Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves, Oakland Athletics, Arizona Diamondbacks along using the Kansas city Royals.

Cruz is 37-35 owning a 4.13 ERA in 11 seasons. The Pirates have now invited twenty non-roster gamers to spring training, which opens on Feb. 19.

Padres GM says celebration speaking with Owings

SAN DIEGO (AP) — basic manager Josh Byrnes says the Padres are speaking with reliever Micah Owings. Byrnes declined even more comment. It is not obvious whether or not the sides have agreed to some deal.

The NL West champion Arizona Diamondbacks declined to sensitive Owings a contract shortly after last season. Owings founded his important league debut with Arizona in 2007, when Byrnes was GM inside the Diamondbacks.

RHP Durbin gets minor league cope with Nationals

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals have agreed to conditions with right-handed reliever Chad Durbin for just about any minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Wednesday's offer could deliver Durbin to his fifth important league team. He has carried out for Kansas City, Cleveland, Detroit and Philadelphia. He went 2-2 owning a 5.53 ERA in 56 fixtures last yr using the Indians.

AL Capsules

Cordero, Toronto finalize $4.5M contract

TORONTO (AP) — Reliever Francisco Cordero along using the Toronto Blue Jays finalized a $4.5 million, one-year contract Wednesday.

The 36-year-old right-hander was 5-3 owning a 2.45 ERA and 37 saves in 43 probabilities for Cincinnati last season, reaching 30 saves for the seventh time. He held batters to some .198 average, the lowest of his career.

Cordero, a three-time All-Star, carries a 44-45 report owning a 3.17 ERA and 327 saves, 12th inside the occupation list. He is anticipated to fill the set up part for closer Sergio Santos, obtained in dec away from your Chicago light Sox.

"I've obtained no problems with that merely because I've been a set up man inside the past," Cordero mentioned all through a phone conference call. "Being a closer for just about any prolonged time, i am aware what to do. I've obtained to just deal with the eighth inning like it's the ninth inning. I've just obtained to go out and do my process and pass it on to Santos inside the ninth inning."

Toronto hopes the duo can be an upgrade on Jon Rauch and Frank Francisco, who split the closer's part last season. each signed using the brand ny Mets.

Cordero mentioned he has additional some pitches to his repertoire and doesn't typically depend on his fastball, as he do earlier in his career.

"For the last handful of many years I've been knowing methods to pitch in and out, transferring the ball a complete great offer better, throwing lots of sinkers," Cordero said.

He mentioned he experienced curiosity from numerous clubs this offseason but Toronto was one of the good fit.

"I've observed the Blue Jays play. i am aware they've obtained a extraordinary offense each and every time," Cordero said. "It's merely a issue of your time earlier to they complement anything together. It's going to acquire fun."

To make space inside the 40-man roster, the Blue Jays designated outfielder Darin Mastroianni for assignment.

Guillen returns to Seattle on minor league deal

SEATTLE (AP) — Carlos Guillen is returning to Seattle shortly after agreeing to some minor league contract using the Mariners.

The 36-year-old invested the previous eight seasons in Detroit in which he was a three-time All-Star and strike .308 in his occupation using the Tigers actively playing 5 positions: left field, 3rd base, shortstop, 2nd bottom and very first base. Guillen began his occupation using the Mariners from 1998-03, actively playing in 488 fixtures in Seattle. Guillen is most likely to compete for just about any reserve electricity part using the Mariners.

Seattle announced the offer on Wednesday. The Mariners pitchers and catchers assertion on Feb. 11 while the very first full-squad work out can be on Feb. 18.

Elsewhere

Former Braves, Indians pitcher Behenna dies

NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) — previous important league pitcher Rick Behenna has died. He was 51.

McKoon Funeral residence director Ron Tracey Wednesday confirmed Behenna experienced died. Behenna, who carried out for Atlanta and Cleveland, passed apart Tuesday shortly after battling cancer.

Behenna went 3-10 owning a 6.12 ERA in three seasons like a starter and reliever. He was element inside the 1983 industry that sent Braves outfielder Brett Butler and 3rd baseman Brook Jacoby to Cleveland for pitcher Len Barker.

Behenna, who worked recently as proprietor of an instructional baseball team, is survived by his partner Kimberly, sons Bowen and Brandon, mom Marlayne, bros Mark, Scott and Gregg and sister Nancy. family people visitation is Friday at 6 p.m. at McKoon Funeral Home. The memorial provider is Saturday at three p.m. at Sonrise Baptist Church in Newnan.
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