The Cleveland Indians have released Brett Myers. The righthander and former Phillie was a total bust in Cleveland after signing a $7 million, one-year contract during the offseason. He went 0-3 with an 8.02 ERA in three starts and one relief appearance before going on the disabled list April 20 with a strained tendon in his elbow. He gave up 29 hits - including 10 homers - in 211/3 innings.
Longtime major-league umpire Frank Pulli, 78, who used instant replay in 1999 to make a call before video reviews were allowed in 2008, died Wednesday in Palm Harbor, Fla., from complications of Parkinson's disease.
Pulli umpired in the National League from 1972 to '99 and worked four World Series, six NL Championship Series, and two All-Star Games.
In the 1978 World Series between the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers, Pulli was involved in a call on the bases involving Reggie Jackson that was hotly disputed by Los Angeles manager Tom Lasorda.
Pulli was among the 22 umpires who lost their jobs in a failed mass resignation. He was an MLB umpire supervisor from 2000 to '07 and charted pitches, helping umps improve their ball-strike calls.
For all his games, he never worked a no-hitter in the majors.
Four weeks after straining his right hamstring, David Wright is ready for the next step in his recovery. The all-star third baseman was headed to the New York Mets' Florida complex Thursday. He said he feels fine swinging and fielding, but he's not running full speed and isn't ready for rehab games.
Joe Mauer has not considered sitting out the rest of the season to let his concussion heal. The Minnesota Twins star said he's feeling better, 10 days after he got hit in the facemask with a foul tip. The six-time all-star acknowledged he's not concerned about catching again this year, just returning to the field in September.