Published August 13, 2011
Olympia graduate signs with FloridaMcClatchy news services
Adam Conley, a second-round pick by Florida in June, signed with the Marlins for a $625,000 signing bonus, according to Baseball America. Conley, an Olympia High graduate, said the Marlins agreed with him that it would best to wait until next year to make his pro debut because of his heavy pitching workload this spring during his junior season at Washington State University. “I threw a lot of pitches,” said Conley, who threw 108 innings in 16 games (all starts) last season and was the No. 72 overall pick. EX-MARINER SUSPENDED Francisco Cruceta, a minor league free-agent right-handed pitcher, was suspended for 100 games following a positive test for a performance-enhancing drug. Cruceta was most recently under contract with the Brockton (Mass.) Rox of the independent Canadian American League. Cruceta pitched for the Tacoma Rainiers in 2005-06 and four games with the Seattle Mariners in 2006, posting no record and a 10.80 ERA in 62/3 innings. This was the second time Cruceta tested positive. The penalty will take effect if he signs with a major league organization. In June, when he was with the independent San Angelo (Texas) Colts, Cruceta was thrown out of a game when an umpire found an illegal substance on his glove. SHORT HOPS Former Milwaukee, Detroit and Houston manager Phil Garner was hired as a special adviser by the Oakland A’s. ... Former longtime Braves broadcaster and pitcher Ernie Johnson Sr., father of TNT NBA broadcaster Ernie Johnson Jr., died. He was 87. ... The Cleveland Indians activated outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, who was out since June 25 after getting hit on the left thumb by a pitch. ... Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque was struck in the head by a line drive during batting practice and carted off the field at Baltimore’s Camden Yards. ... The Rockies placed closer Huston Street on the 15-day disabled list (right triceps strain) and activated first baseman Jason Giambi. ... In separate radio interviews, former Cubs Mark Grace blasted manager Mike Quade and Todd Hollandsworth criticized third baseman Aramis Ramirez. Grace said the Cubs should’ve hired Ryne Sandberg as manager, and Hollandsworth, a graduate of Newport High in Bellevue, said Ramirez’s lack of effort is a bad example for younger players. ... First baseman Justin Morneau, the 2006 American League MVP, was activated from the disabled list two months after neck surgery. ... Yankees star Alex Rodriguez hit a home run in the first inning of his first minor league game as part of a rehabilitation program after knee surgery last month. ... Nationals star Stephen Strasburg pitched three scoreless innings in his second minor league rehabilitation start since Tommy John surgery last year. Strasburg, the No. 1 overall pick in 2009, gave up two infield hits, struck out five and walked none for Potomac in the Single-A Carolina League game against Myrtle Beach. ... The Braves honored former manager Bobby Cox with a ceremony to retire his No. 6.