June 23, 2011 in Sports

Cardinals give up on 40-year-old Batista

 
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The Cardinals tell veteran Miguel Batista to take a walk.
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By the numbers

.233: San Diego’s batting average, worst in the majors

14: Career-best hitting streak of Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun

22-10: Interleague record of New York Yankees’ Freddy Garcia

A day after Miguel Batista walked consecutive batters with the bases loaded, the St. Louis Cardinals released the 40-year-old right-hander.

Batista was part of a bullpen collapse in a 10-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies and was not the long relief solution the team envisioned when they signed him last winter.

“Well, it came down to performance,” general manager John Mozeliak said. “We tried to stick with Batista as long as we could, but he was just so inconsistent.

“And when you look at how we’re dealing with things right now in our bullpen, we need to find some continuity and some consistency.”

The Phillies scored a season-best nine runs in the eighth against five relievers in a 10-2 victory Tuesday night. Batista also gave up a two-run single against Jimmy Rollins and was charged with three runs without getting anybody out.

Batista had another poor outing last week, giving up five runs in two-thirds of an inning and taking the loss against the Nationals. He was 3-2 with a 4.60 ERA, working only 29 1/3 innings in 26 appearances.

Batista pitched for the Seattle Mariners from 2007-09, winning 16 games in his first season before declining rapidly.

Hunter takes violent collision with wall

Retreating on the run in pursuit of a deep fly ball, Torii Hunter said he wasn’t thinking about the wall until he hit it.

Then he crumpled to the warning track, the ball in his glove but his left ribs bruised. Hunter left the Los Angeles Angels’ 6-5, 10-inning win over Florida on Wednesday night at Miami, and his status is day to day.

“My whole inside shook,” the right fielder said. “It felt like Ray Lewis hit me. I’m pretty sore.”

X-rays were negative.

“It’s just a little muscle thing,” he said. “I can play with that. Who cares?”

Doctors upgrade beaten fan’s status

Doctors say the medical condition of a San Francisco Giants fan who was severely beaten outside Dodgers Stadium is continuing to improve, and they’ve upgraded him from critical to serious.

Bryan Stow had been in critical condition since the March 31 attack after the season opener between the Giants and Dodgers.

Clearing the bases

The Oakland Athletics activated second baseman Mark Ellis (Spokane Indians, 1999) from the 15-day disabled list and optioned slumping first baseman Daric Barton to Triple-A Sacramento. … New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis might need season-ending ankle surgery if his bone bruise has not healed sufficiently in three weeks for him to resume baseball activities. … Houston Astros reliever Brandon Lyon is planning to have surgery on his pitching shoulder next week and likely is out for the season. Lyon is 3-3 with an 11.48 ERA in 15 games this season.

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