MLB Notes: Yankees retire Joe Torre's No. 6

MLB Notes: Yankees retire Joe Torre's No. 6
August 23, 2014, 8:15 pm
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The Yankees honored former manager Joe Torre with a pregame ceremony, retiring his No. 6 Saturday before playing the White Sox. (USA Today Images)

NEW YORK -- Joe Torre lingered on the field at Yankee Stadium, hugging each one of the guests on hand Saturday to honor New York's four-time World Series winning manager.

If Torre's time with the Yankees always felt like a family affair why should the day his No. 6 was retired be any different?

"It's a long, long journey from the field to Monument Park," Torre said. "However, I was blessed to make that journey on the shoulders of some very special players."

The recently inducted Hall of Famer unveiled his number alongside those of 16 other retired numbers in Monument Park at the start of the ceremony. With No. 6 forever out of circulation, that leaves Derek Jeter's 2 as the only single digit number still being worn on Yankees pinstripes.

The Yankees captain, who is retiring after this season, escorted Soot Zimmer, the wife of the late Don Zimmer, onto the field to present Torre with a proclamation from New York Mayor Bill de Blasio naming Saturday Joe Torre Day.

Torre rode in a golf cart with Yogi Berra to the area in front of the mound, where the Yankees presented him with the 29th plaque to be placed in the area beyond the center field wall at the stadium. The team also gave Torre a flashy commemorative ring (see full story).

Nationals: Fister OK after skin cancer removed
WASHINGTON -- A day after Washington pitcher Doug Fister said he recently had surgery to remove skin cancer from his neck, Nationals manager Matt Williams says players and coaches are very aware they're at risk for the disease.

"It's a big issue because you're forced to be in the sun, a lot," Williams said Saturday.

"I know (Nationals third base coach) Bobby Henley's had similar mini-surgery ... where they take it out, and so he wears a lot of sunscreen. We put it on every day when we're out there in the daylight hours, making sure we're protected as much as possible," he said.

Fister pitched six innings Friday night in a 10-3 loss to San Francisco, ending Washington's 10-game winning streak 10-3.

Asked about what appeared to be a cut on his neck, Fister said: "I had some skin cancer removed a couple of days ago, and it had no effect tonight." (see full story.)

More Nationals: Schierholtz recalled from minors
WASHINGTON -- The Washington Nationals have selected the contract of outfielder Nate Schierholtz from Triple-A Syracuse and optioned outfielder Michael Taylor to their top farm club.

General manager Mike Rizzo announced the moves before Saturday's game against the San Francisco Giants.

Schierholtz, a .254 career hitter with 51 home runs and 224 RBIs in 776 games with the Cubs, Phillies and Giants, was signed to a minor league contract Aug. 18. He hit .192 with six homers in 99 games for Chicago before being designated for assignment Aug. 6.

The 30-year-old Schierholtz gives Washington a veteran left-handed bat off the bench to replace Nate McLouth, sidelined since Aug. 2.

McLouth had surgery on the torn labrum in his right shoulder Friday and was placed on the 60-day disabled list. He hit .173 with a homer and seven RBIs in 79 games.

Taylor was 3 for 18 (.167) with a homer in seven games during his first stint in the majors.

Orioles: Machado to have season-ending knee surgery
CHICAGO -- Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado has decided to have season-ending surgery on his ailing right knee, leaving the Orioles without one of their best players as they try for their first division title in 17 years.

Machado hurt himself on an awkward swing against the New York Yankees on Aug. 11, crumpling to the ground in the batter's box. He tried rest in an effort to return to the AL East-leading Orioles this year, but he said the knee just isn't getting better.

"There's nothing else we can do," Machado said before Baltimore's game at the Chicago Cubs on Saturday. "Only thing is going in there and fixing it up. It's just something it didn't get any better at all."

The 22-year-old Machado, who was selected by Baltimore with the third overall pick in the 2010 draft, was an All-Star and won a Gold Glove last year in his first full season in the majors. He played in every game before he sustained a similar injury to his other knee and missed the final week of the season (see full story).

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