Cards don’t expect to re-sign Lohse
St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak says it’s unlikely the team can re-sign 16-game winner Kyle Lohse and doesn’t see a spot for Lance Berkman even in a reduced role.
Lohse led the majors in winning percentage, going 16-3, and was among the league leaders with a 2.79 ERA. The Cardinals appear to have a full rotation plus young prospects such as Shelby Miller and Trevor Rosenthal.
“I suspect the free-agent market is going to treat him very kindly,” Mozeliak said Thursday. “And when you see the depth that we have coming, it’s not something I’m prepared to rule out today, but I would say it’s probably unlikely at this time.”
Berkman, 36, hasn’t decided whether he’ll retire after playing in just 32 games while slowed by knee trouble. He hit .259 with two homers and seven RBIs.
Earlier in the postseason, Berkman said he’d probably decide whether he’ll try to keep playing in a month or two, depending on interest from other teams, but joked he didn’t want to keep playing “for $500,000 with Seattle.” Mozeliak said the two have not spoken about the future.
Sabathia has surgery
Yankees ace CC Sabathia had arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur from his left elbow. He is expected to fully recover before the start of next season.
Authorities say former Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman and television analyst Mark Grace has been indicted on four felony counts of driving under the influence.
The Maricopa County (Ariz.) Attorney’s Office that Grace could possibly face up to 3.75 years in prison if he’s convicted. His next scheduled court appearance is Dec. 5. The 48-year-old Grace was arrested Aug. 23 by Scottsdale police.
Police say Grace also was allegedly driving on a suspended license and didn’t have the required interlock device installed in his vehicle stemming from a May 2011 DUI charge.
Grace took a leave of absence after his second arrest and the Diamondbacks recently replaced him in the broadcast booth after nine seasons.
Former Tiger Mueller dead
Ex-Detroit Tigers pitcher Leslie Mueller, known for taking the mound for more than 19 innings in one game, has died at age 93 in Belleville, Ill.
Mueller signed with the Detroit Tigers out of high school in 1941.
After military service during World War II, Mueller returned to the Tigers, going 6-8 during the team’s 1945 World Series championship season.
• Seattle-area businessman Les Smith, who was part of the group that brought Major League Baseball to Seattle in 1977, has died at age 93.
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