MARLINS: Suspended manager Ozzie Guillen addressed his players in the clubhouse before Wednesday’s game in Philadelphia, apologizing to the team for saying he admired Fidel Castro.
“He can only be a better person out of it,” closer Heath Bell said. “Like he said, if he doesn’t learn from this, he’s stupid. That’s what he said.”
RANGERS: Ian Kinsler and Texas finalized a $75 million, five-year contract through 2017 that locks up another one of the team’s key players and makes the leadoff hitter one of the best-paid second basemen.
Kinsler is set to make $16 million in both 2014 and 2015, $14 million in 2016 and $11 million in 2017. A team option in 2018 could be become guaranteed at $12 million and includes a $5 million buyout.
TWINS: Right-hander Scott Baker will have surgery to repair the flexor pronator tendon in his right elbow.
The tendon has bothered Baker for the past couple of seasons and he says he can no longer pitch through the pain. The surgery requires six months of rehab. It is not Tommy John surgery, which replaces the ulnar collateral ligament.
RAYS: Right-hander Jeremy Hellickson was released from the hospital after he was hit in the head by a ball during batting practice before Wednesday’s game at Detroit.
Manager Joe Maddon said after the game the 25-year-old Hellickson was doing fine. He was not bleeding and did not lose consciousness.
Hellickson is scheduled to start Saturday at Boston, and the team plans to wait and see how Hellickson responds to a night’s sleep before deciding whether he’ll pitch that day.
NATIONALS: Closer Drew Storen’s agent says the pitcher had surgery to remove a bone fragment from his pitching elbow.
The procedure went as expected and Storen should be 100 percent after rehabilitation.