The death of former star pitcher Bob Welch has been ruled an accident from a fall in his bathroom, the Orange County (Calif.) Coroner’s office said Thursday.
Welch, a famed right-hander for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland Athletics, died June 9 from a broken neck “with epidural hemorrhage due to hyperextension of neck,” according to an autopsy report.
Authorities found Welch’s body on a bathroom floor in his home in Seal Beach in June after receiving a call for medical aid. He was 57.
The Dodgers said in June that Welch had suffered a fatal heart attack, but authorities had not officially ruled on a cause of death at the time.
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In 17 years, Welch was 211-146 with a 3.47 earned-run average and 1,969 strikeouts in 3,092 innings. He won 137 games in the 1980s, the third-most that decade behind Jack Morris and Dave Stieb.
The New York Yankees plan to have Masahiro Tanaka throw another bullpen session Saturday and said the injured star must pitch in some sort of game setting to determine whether he can avoid elbow surgery.
Tanaka has been sidelined since July 9 because of a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He said last Friday, a day after throwing 49 pitches in a simulated game, that his whole arm felt sore. He reported no problems after playing catch Tuesday.
“He will pitch somewhere. He has to throw,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “You can’t wait until next spring.”
• The Yankees believe general manager Brian Cashman is not to blame for the team’s underachieving ways this year, and he’s expected to receive an offer for a contract extension, Newsday reported.
• Texas Rangers pitchers Spencer Patton and Lisalverto Bonilla made their major-league debuts against the Mariners. The Rangers have now used 63 players and 40 pitchers this season, both MLB records. That is four more players and three more pitchers than the previous marks.
• The Boston Red Sox expect second baseman Dustin Pedroia (concussion) to return to their starting lineup for Friday’s homestand opener against Toronto.
• Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Chad Jenkins is expected to miss the rest of the regular season after breaking his pitching hand while shagging flies during batting practice.
• Cincinnati Reds pitcher Homer Bailey will undergo elbow surgery Friday to repair a torn flexor tendon.
• St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams (ribs) is day to day.
• Indians utility man Mike Aviles is sidelined because of a concussion.
• Former federal prosecutor Bryan Seeley has been hired to run Major League Baseball’s investigations department.