- The Washington Times - Monday, June 9, 2008


Twenty players were drafted ahead of him Wednesday, but right-hander Ryan Perry (Detroit’s first-round pick) could be the first from his class to reach the majors. The Tigers desperately need bullpen help, and Perry (a big, hard-throwing, 21-year-old from the University of Arizona) could be an asset if he’s placed on the fast track.


Blake DeWitt didn’t expect to be getting this kind of playing time in the big leagues this soon, but when the Dodgers lost both Nomar Garciaparra and Andy LaRoche to injuries, the 22-year-old third baseman stepped in. His average is hovering around .300, and he already has five homers.


Sidney Ponson was enjoying a remarkable comeback with the Texas Rangers after his career flamed out in Baltimore and St. Louis. But after going 4-1, the right-hander was abruptly cut by the Rangers for disruptive behavior in the clubhouse. He may never get another shot.



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