The Houston Astros have activated catcher Brian McCann from the disabled after he was sidelined because of right knee soreness.
McCann was in a 1-for-26 slide that dropped his batting average to .219 before going on the 10-day Ubaldo Jimenez Jersey DL on May 29. He was activated on the first day he was eligible and was in the lineup batting eighth against the Texas Rangers on Friday night.
The Astros designated catcher Tim Federowicz for assignment to make room for McCann. Federowicz backed up Max Stassi and appeared in two games during McCann’s absence.
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Right-hander Andrew Cashner (2-8) lost his third straight start. Cashner allowed three runs and http://www.officialpelicansshop.com/authentic-44-solomon-hill-jersey.html nine hits in six innings.
Cashner has received three runs or fewer in support in 12 of his 13 starts.
Dykstra played 12 seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets.
He has served prison time for crimes including bankruptcy fraud and money laundering.
Smorol, who’s 49, decided to accept the Chiefs’ offer for two reasons. For one thing, he’s a Syracuse native, so he liked the idea of running his hometown team. Also, after a long time away to recharge his batteries, he found that he missed minor league baseball and he’d noticed how it had been evolving in precisely the kind of direction that appealed to him.
When I came here, I wanted us to have fun, he says. I wanted us to be about the wacky promotions, you know, everything that’s made the minor leagues boom in recent years.
Of course, wacky promotions are nothing new in minor league baseball. If you live in a minor league market, you know the drill: Star Wars Night, Christmas in July Night, Hawaiian Shirt Night, Tuxedo Jersey Night. But the quantity of the various theme-based stunts has been increasing over the past seven or eight years, and most observers agree that the quality has increased as well, thanks in part to creative GMs like Smorol.
We all go to the same promotional seminars, we all go to the same winter meetings, so we all share ideas and sometimes even steal ideas, he says. But you want to be the one who came up with it first. Like Fresno became the Tacos before anyone else renamed themselves after a local food, so they get the credit for that.