Spring training roundup:Torre tours Hall of Fame in pre-induction visit

2014-03-25T16:50:49Z 2014-03-25T22:07:08Z Spring training roundup:Torre tours Hall of Fame in pre-induction visitThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 25, 2014 4:50 pm  • 

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Joe Torre kept his emotions in check. He’ll save any tears for late July.

Torre went on his pre-induction tour of the Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday, taking his time when it came to the exhibits that touched his own life in baseball, such as a notched bat that Babe Ruth used in 1927 during his record-setting year as home run king, and later waxed nostalgic as he contemplated his induction this summer.

“It’s just been an amazing ride for me,” Torre said Tuesday, sitting in the gallery where his plaque will be affixed to a wall not far from Ruth’s honor. “To wind up in Cooperstown is surreal for me.”

Torre and fellow former managers Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa were elected unanimously in December by the Hall of Fame’s expansion-era committee.

They will be inducted July 27 along with pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and slugger Frank Thomas.

Charges dropped
in ex-announcer case

PHOENIX — Charges accusing a now-former announcer for the Arizona Diamondbacks of threatening his wife during an argument have been dismissed.

Spanish-language announcer Miguel Perez Quintana was arrested July 15 and later charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and criminal damage. Maricopa County Superior Court records say a judge dismissed the charges against the 53-year-old Quintana on March 11.

The Diamondbacks had suspended Quintana pending resolution of the case. The team said Tuesday it had already replaced him because of timing considerations.

Hurler Pineda
in NY rotation

TAMPA, Fla. — Michael Pineda is set to return to the majors as part of the New York Yankees’ rotation. Manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday that Pineda will be the team’s fifth starter.

Pineda, who missed the past two seasons after a right shoulder surgery, beat out David Phelps, Adam Warren and Vidal Nuno.

Pineda was an All-Star as a rookie in 2011.

Heart surgery for former pitcher Viola

NEW YORK — The New York Mets say former pitcher Frank Viola will undergo heart surgery next week.

The 53-year-old Viola retired as a player following the 1996 season.

He was hired by the Mets in January as pitching coach of Triple-A Las Vegas of the Pacific Coast League.

The Mets said that during a spring training exam, doctors “discovered a heart condition that needed to be corrected as soon as possible.” Viola was the 1988 AL Cy Young Award winner.

He went 176-150 with a 3.73 ERA in 15 major league seasons with five teams.

Inside pitch

  • The Angels added infielder
  • John McDonald
  • to the 40-man roster on Tuesday, ensuring that he will be on the Opening Day roster. McDonald, a 15-year veteran, is batting .321 in spring training.
  • Rangers catcher
  • Giovanni Soto
  • will miss three months with a torn
  • meniscus in his right knee. He will have surgery today.

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