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Report: Owner nearly fired Marlins' Girardi
By TIMES WIRES
Published August 13, 2006
Owner Jeffrey Loria was going to announce that he had fired manager Joe Girardi during an impromptu news conference last Sunday, but Loria was persuaded to change his mind after a heated postgame meeting, during which Girardi agreed to apologize in front of the team, the Palm Beach Post reported.
"All I know is I'm still the manager of the Florida Marlins, and I'm here," Girardi said Friday.
Loria had no comment, team spokesman P.J. Loyello said.
Loria, occupying his field-level seat next to the dugout last week against the Dodgers, was barking at plate umpire Larry Vanover about balls and strikes. Girardi motioned for Loria to stop.
Loria reportedly then put up two fingers to indicate that it was the second straight game in which umpires made questionable calls.
The paper reported Girardi and Loria had an exchange with Loria pulling rank as the owner and threatening to fire Girardi.
Loria left his seat and reportedly was prepared to carry through the threat. At one point, team aides were setting up an interview room used for major announcements.
Loria reportedly changed his mind after meeting with team president David Samson, general manager Larry Beinfest and assistant general manager Mike Hill.
Later, Girardi apologized for losing his temper.
Eighth trip to DL may end Prior's season
The Cubs placed Mark Prior on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder tendinitis, a move that could mean an end to the right-hander's season.
Prior has been on the DL eight times in his four-year career in the majors, including three this season. The latest trip comes after he allowed five earned runs in three innings in an 8-6 loss to Milwaukee on Thursday.
Prior didn't feel anything wrong with the shoulder, but a loss in velocity in the third inning led the team to send him to Chicago for an MRI exam on Friday, which showed rotator cuff tendinitis.
The Cubs want Prior to rest for three weeks before throwing again, which could mean the end of his season if he doesn't have time to make enough rehab starts before rejoining the Cubs.
Angels: Garret Anderson was scratched from the lineup because of back spasms.
Astros: Outfielder Preston Wilson was designated for assignment so Houston could promote pitcher Jason Hirsh from Triple-A Round Rock. The team has 10 days to release Wilson, trade him or send him to the minors.
Indians: Right-hander Jeremy Guthrie was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to start the second game of a doubleheader. Infielder Ramon Vazquez was designated for assignment to open a roster spot for Guthrie, then catcher Einar Diaz was traded to the Dodgers for cash.
Orioles: Pitcher Kris Benson was activated from the DL (elbow tendinitis) in time to start against Boston.
Reds: Left-hander Kent Mercker (elbow inflammation) was put on the 15-day DL, and pitcher Chris Michalak was called up from Triple-A Louisville.
Yankees: Alex Rodriguez made his 20th error of the season, the most among major-league third basemen, letting a sixth-inning grounder get by him.