MLB Notes: Padres draft Johnny Manziel

MLB Notes: Padres draft Johnny Manziel
June 7, 2014, 5:45 pm
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The Padres drafted Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel in the 28th round of the Major League Baseball draft. (AP)

NEW YORK -- Just call him Johnny Baseball.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has been selected by the San Diego Padres in the 28th round of the Major League Baseball draft Saturday -- the 837th player taken. Manziel was listed as a shortstop for Texas A&M, although he never played for the Aggies as he focused on football.

Manziel, who was the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy in 2012, was taken by the Browns with the 22nd overall pick in the NFL draft last month.

Manziel played both baseball and football at Tivy High School in Kerrville, Texas, and asked Texas A&M coaches about being part of the baseball team before winning the Aggies' starting quarterback job as a redshirt freshman.

Earlier this week, Manziel was set to throw out the first pitch in Cleveland before the Indians played Boston. His toss was washed out by rain that delayed the start (see full story).

Rays: TB celebrates Zimmer's life in ceremony
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays have celebrated the life of senior adviser Don Zimmer during a pregame ceremony.

Zimmer died Wednesday at 83 in a hospital in nearby Dunedin. He had been in a rehabilitation center since having seven hours of heart surgery in mid-April. There is no funeral or other memorial service planned.

Baseball dignitaries present for Saturday's tribute included Joe Torre, Tommy Lasorda and Jim Leyland. More than 20 family members, including Zimmer's wife "Soot" -- they were married at home plate during a minor league game in 1951 -- also attended.

Son Tom Zimmer, a scout with the San Francisco Giants, caught the ceremonial first pitch thrown by granddaughter Whitney Goldstein.

Torre says Zimmer was "one of a kind" and "an institution," (see full story).

Reds: Votto sent on rehab assignment
CINCINNATI -- Reds All-Star first baseman Joey Votto will be begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville on Sunday.

Votto hasn't played since going on the disabled list on May 21, retroactive to May 16, with a quadriceps strain in his left knee, the same knee on which he had two surgeries in 2012. The Reds have gone 9-11 without the 2010 National League Most Valuable Player, who is hitting .257 with six home runs and 12 runs batted.

Louisville is scheduled to begin a four-game series at Pawtucket on Saturday. Manager Bryan Price says the length of Votto's rehab assignment is not known.

Price says: "We'll evaluate him after tomorrow. He'll play five or six innings and see how he holds up," (see full story).

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