MLB roundup

May 12, 2009


Ramirez’s T-level high

Bristol, Conn. — Manny Ramirez’s positive urine test showed an elevated testosterone level, and a lab used a test to determine whether the hormone was naturally produced to build evidence against him, reported Monday.

Ramirez’s test had a testosterone-epitestosterone ratio between 4:1 and 10:1, reported. Typically, a person naturally produces the hormones at a ratio of 1:1; tests of 4:1 or greater are flagged.

MLB investigating pitch

Cleveland — Chicago White Sox closer Bobby Jenks is done throwing purpose pitches.

That’s what he said Monday, following his performance last weekend when he sailed a fastball behind Texas’ Ian Kinsler.

Jenks later said the pitch was intentional because he was tired of watching White Sox hitters getting plunked with no retribution. Major League Baseball wants to investigate the matter.

Since Ozzie Guillen became manager prior to the 2004 season, White Sox pitchers have hit 270 batters, the lowest number in baseball. White Sox batters have been hit 331 times during that span.

Guillen did not agree with Jenks’ decision to throw behind Kinsler.

“I know other managers will hit people every other day, and they hide behind the bushes like, ‘We tried pitching inside. We didn’t mean it.’ Oh really? I’m not going to hit anybody when they (opponents) try pitching inside. But if I see a guy throw at my guy, I’m going to throw at your guy.”

Hamilton set to return

Round Rock, Texas — Texas all-star center fielder Josh Hamilton said his left rib cage muscles “felt good” after his final game Monday on a rehabilitation assignment. He will return to Arlington for evaluation today, when he’s eligible to return from the disabled list for the Rangers’ game against Seattle.


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