Notebook: Giants to sell rubber chickens to protest Bonds’ walks
SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants are tired of all the walks Barry Bonds is drawing this season.
The club will begin selling orange rubber chickens named “Walk’er” on Monday, when the Giants open a four-game series against division rival Los Angeles.
The chickens — described as “your average fowl” — will sell for $10, with proceeds going to the Giants Community Fund.
Their purposeâ¢ “To officially protest the number of intentional walks at SBC Park,” the Giants said.
Entering Saturday’s game against the Boston Red Sox, Bonds had drawn a major league-leading 94 walks in 57 games, 51 intentional.
Lee gets six games
Cleveland Indians pitcher Cliff Lee was suspended for six games for throwing behind Ken Griffey Jr.’s head.
Lee’s fastball whizzed behind Griffey in the fourth inning last Sunday, and plate umpire Matt Hollowell tossed the left-hander almost as quickly as the ball reached the backstop.
That came an inning after Lee gave up the 499th home run of Griffey’s career.
Nen still recovering
Giants closer Robb Nen was sent home for another month to rest his injured right shoulder.
“Each day that goes by makes it less likely he’ll return this year,” trainer Stan Conte said.
Nen was evaluated by team doctors Ken Akizuki and Gary Fanton and underwent another MRI exam Friday. The inflammation in the back of his shoulder is gone, but the Giants still want Nen to be idle for now.
“We wanted to check and make sure it’s healing the way we wanted it to, and the answer is yes,” Conte said. “But it wasn’t completely pain-free.”
The 34-year-old Nen rejoined his teammates Wednesday for a couple of days after spending a month back home in Orange County, where he was limited to cardiovascular work to stay in shape.
Surhoff on DL
Baltimore Orioles left fielder B.J. Surhoff was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left calf.
Surhoff was injured Friday night against the Colorado Rockies while running out to his position in the fourth inning. He came out of the game and had a hard time getting up the stairs to the dugout before batting practice Saturday.
“It could be a week to 10 days and we didn’t have a choice,” Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli said. “With the injuries, we are down to one guy. That’s it. We are in a National League ballpark and then go on to a series with the Yankees. We needed somebody here.”
That player is infielder Jose Leon, who was recalled from Triple-A Ottawa a day after being sent down. Leon was optioned when the Orioles signed infielder David Newhan, but wasn’t able to get out of Denver and was available to play against the Rockies on Saturday.
Around the league
The Chicago Cubs activated second baseman Mark Grudzielanek from the 15-day disabled list. To make room for Grudzielanek, the Cubs designated Jimmy Anderson for assignment. … The Mets’ long wait for Jose Reyes ended when New York activated its second baseman following three months of injuries. … A group hoping to permanently bring the Montreal Expos to Puerto Rico submitted a bid to buy the team. Miami attorney Scott Shapiro said he sent the group’s proposal to baseball commissioner Bud Selig on Friday.