Matt Skole to the disabled list
The Harrisburg Senators announced top prospect Matt Skole is headed to the disabled list with a microfracture of his left wrist. He is expected to miss between three weeks and a month.
Official: 1B Matt Skole has been placed on the disabled list and OF Jerad Head has been assigned to Harrisburg.— Harrisburg Senators (@HbgSenators) April 8, 2013
Skole was named the fourth best prospect in the Nationals organization by Baseball America in December and is considered the best power hitter in the team's minor league system. Drafted out of Georgia Tech in the fifth round of the 2011 MLB Draft, Skole was the Nationals' minor league player of the year last season.
In 2012 Skole hit .291 with 27 home runs, 104 RBI, and 84 runs in 119 games across the Single-A and Double-A levels. He began this season at Double-A Harrisburg and had two RBI and two walks through just two games played.
'Veep' mascot to run in Presidents Race
At Tuesday's game between the Nationals and Chicago White Sox, fans in attendance will witness something never been done before. No, this isn't a prediction Bryce Harper will hit 25 home runs in one game, although he seems capable of anything. And Jordan Zimmmerann will not strike out 200 batters because, well, that would be near impossible.
Fans will, however, see a new addition to the Geico Presidents Race, a guest appearance. Joining Teddy in the race will be a mascot of Vice President Selina Meyer, a fictional character from the show 'Veep' on HBO. Teddy apparently extended the invitation and will team up with Meyer for the fourth inning tradition.
Meyer is played by actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, of Seinfeld fame. She portrays the Vice President of the United States dealing with the day-to-day duties of the office with her team of assistants.
This isn't the first time the show has crossed paths with a local baseball team. In the first season they featured the Baltimore Orioles and several of their players during an episode filmed at Camden Yards.
'Veep' is back for a second season set to premier on Sunday, April 14 and this is their way of getting out the word. The show is fantastic if you haven't seen it, kind of an R-rated 'The Office.' With that in mind, it will be unlikely they show any sort of preview of the show in the big screen. If they do it will be highly edited.
Marlins have yet to hire an organist
Chalk this up as a story of the weird, the Miami Marlins held tryouts for their stadium organist and couldn't find anyone good enough. So instead of hiring somebody to fill in until they find a permanent replacement, the team has decided to just play recorded music from their loud speakers for their home opener tonight against the Braves.
According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, the team will hold another tryout, but they have been looking for someone since February. All the musical talent that has come out of Miami and they can't find someone to play the organ? This could be a long season for Marlins fans in more ways than one.