Concluding a news briefing about Albert Pujols’s injury that killed the mood at Tony La Russa’s charity golf event yesterday, the Cardinals manager let down his guard.
“I’m going to go find a place to cry,’’ La Russa said.
Pujols will be out an estimated six weeks with a fractured left wrist from a collision at first base Sunday. Baseball will be without a three-time NL MVP and the Cardinals, tied for first in the NL Central, are left to absorb another devastating blow in a season marred by injuries.
The team announced the results of an MRI and CT scan yesterday, one day after Pujols was injured during a home game against Kansas City. The injury is a non-displaced fracture of the left radius bone and his arm is in a splint.
McKeon, 80, steps back in New Marlins interim manager Jack McKeon sat listening as team president David Samson offered a spirited defense of the decision to give the job to an octogenarian.
Samson said the 80-year-old McKeon works harder than many people half his age and seems even sharper mentally than in 2003, when he led the Marlins to an improbable World Series championship.
Nearly six years after McKeon retired as the Marlins’ manager, he returned to his former job on an interim basis and will lead the team for the rest of the season.
He becomes the second-oldest manager in major league history. Connie Mack managed the Philadelphia Athletics in a suit, tie, and straw hat until 1950, when he was 87.
McKeon succeeds manager Edwin Rodriguez, who resigned before Sunday’s loss at Tampa Bay.
Dodgers’ deal rejected Commissioner Bud Selig rejected a proposed television deal between the Dodgers and Fox Sports that voids a recent divorce settlement between team owner Frank McCourt and his ex-wife, Jamie. Selig said in a statement the TV contract would not be in the best interests of baseball and would further divert team assets to McCourt’s “personal needs’’ . . . Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey is not with the team after his house in Florida sustained significant damage in a fire . . Marlins center fielder Chris Coghlan was placed on the 15-day disabled list with left knee inflammation . . . The Astros’ Hunter Pence likely will return to the lineup tonight after missing three games because of a sprained left elbow . . . Giovanni Ramirez, the main suspect in the brutal beating of a San Francisco Giants fan outside Dodger Stadium, was sent back to prison for 10 months for a parole violation involving access to a gun. Ramirez, 31, has been in custody since May 22, when police arrested him in connection with the attack on Bryan Stow, then held him on the parole issue.