AROUND THE HORN

Cecil Whig - - INSIDEBASEBALL -

It wasn’t a good week for a slew of long-time MLB stars:

In­di­ans outfi el­der Mar­lon Byrd failed a sec­ond drug test, which man­dated a 162-game sus­pen­sion for the 38-year-old out­fielder. Byrd tested pos­i­tive for the growth hor­mone sec­re­t­a­gogue Ipamore­lin af­ter test­ing pos­i­tive in May 2012 for Tamox­ifen. Byrd drew the wrath of a num­ber of cur­rent and former play­ers who have be­come in­creas­ingly out­spo­ken to­ward vi­o­la­tors of MLB’s PED pol­icy; a tweet from Jeremy Guthrie read, “Mar­lon Byrd is a joke. All you cheaters are a joke. Do it the right way one time, ac­cept your ups & downs.” …

Gi­ants outfi el­der Hunter Pence is un­der­go­ing surgery for a torn ham­string and is ex­pected to miss two months. The three-time All-Star, hit­ting .298/.375/.486, will be re­placed in right field by Jar­rod Parker and Mac Wil­liamson. …

Mets third base­man David Wright will miss ap­prox­i­mately the same amount of time due to a her­ni­ated disc in his heck. Surgery could be an op­tion, but as of now, rest is the plan. Wright missed sev­eral months with spinal steno­sis last year — he played just 38 games — and it’s easy to won­der how much base­ball the 33-year-old seven-time All-Star has left. …

Across town, the Yan­kees put first base­man Mark Teix­eira on the shelf for a min­i­mum of 15 days with a right knee in­jury. Teix­eira has an ar­tic­u­lar car­ti­lage tear suf­fered in a June 3 loss to Bal­ti­more. If rest doesn’t re­solve the is­sue, the 36-year-old could need sea­son-ending surgery. …

The Dodgers des­ig­nated out­fielder Carl Craw­ford for as­sign­ment on June 5. At 34, Craw­ford was hit­ting just .185/.230/.235 and may clear waivers due to the $35 mil­lion still owed him. Los Angeles also placed right fi el­der Yasiel Puig on the dis­abled list; one benefi ciary of more play­ing time should be Trayce Thomp­son (.279/.362/.566), who is the brother of Golden State War­riors star Klay Thomp­son. …

At least none of those play­ers had a beer bot­tle thrown at them. That’s what hap­pened to struggling Phillies first base­man Ryan Howard af­ter a pinch­hit­ting ap­pear­ance on June 4. The 36- year- old is hit­ting .151/.211/.336 and is in the fi­nal year of his con­tract.

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