DENVER — A few hours before Monday’s game, under cloudy Colorado skies, Ian Desmond took ground balls deep behind first base and tossed them to his manager, Bud Black, who was covering the bag. In an alternate universe, created when a few things went differently, Black might have managed Desmond in Washington. As it turned out, he ran into him here, at Coors Field, where both wore black and purple and began anew. Other than the attire, Desmond looks the same, with the exception of a big scar on his left hand from surgery this spring. Desmond broke the hand in spring training and has not played since, but is taking steps toward a return this week — fittingly, perhaps, when the Nationals are in
Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has reached an "agreement in principle" to sell the franchise to a group led by Jeb Bush and Derek Jeter for $1.3 billion, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. The $1.3 billion purchase price would be the second-largest ever for a Major League Baseball franchise, surpassed only by the sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers for $2.0 billion to the Guggenheim Partners and Magic Johnson in 2012. According to the report, details still need to be worked out in drawing up the final contract and the deal still needs to be approved by Major League Baseball. That process "could take months to conclude." A source told the Herald that Bush would be the "control person,"
San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner says the dirt bike accident that landed him on the disabled list was "not the most responsible decision" he has made. Bumgarner says he was riding rented bikes with family members during San Francisco's day off while in Colorado to play the Rockies last Thursday. Bumgarner suffered bruised ribs and sprained the AC joint in his left shoulder and will be re-evaluated next week.