CHICAGO — Milt Pappas, who came within a disputed pitch of throwing a perfect game for the Cubs in 1972 and was part of the lopsided trade that brought Frank Robinson to Baltimore, died Tuesday. He was 76.
Mr. Pappas died of natural causes at his home in Beecher, Ill., said his widow, Judi Pappas.
The 6-foot-3 right-hander won 209 games during his 17-year career with the Orioles, Reds, Braves and Cubs, finishing with a career ERA of 3.40 to go with 1,728 strikeouts and 43 shutouts. Mr. Pappas was a teenager when he joined the Orioles in 1957, and he started quickly.
"He spent two weeks in the minors and then he was in the major leagues pitching to Ted Williams and Mickey Mantle," Judi Pappas said.
LEAVE EXTENDED: Major League Baseball and the players' union agreed to extend Braves OF Hector Olivera's paid leave by two weeks through May 3 as MLB continues to investigate an alleged domestic violence incident.
MARLINS: Former Rays RHP Edwin Jackson went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right triceps.
ORIOLES: RHP Kevin Gausman, out all season with shoulder tendinitis, is scheduled to make one more rehab start today at Triple-A Norfolk and could rejoin the rotation next week.
RANGERS: OF/DH Josh Hamilton, recovering from September left knee surgery, hopes to begin a rehab assignment April 30 with Double-A Frisco.
REDS: RHP Alfredo Simon was scratched from his scheduled start because of biceps tendinitis. RHP Robert Stephenson, a top prospect, was recalled from Triple-A Louisville to start in Simon's place.
ROYALS: OF Jarrod Dyson, out all season with a strained oblique, was activated from the 15-day disabled list, and top RHP prospect Miguel Almonte was recalled from Triple-A Omaha when RHP Dillon Gee went on the paternity list.
TWINS: 3B Trevor Plouffe went on the 15-day disabled list with a right intercostal strain.
WHITE SOX: RHP Erik Johnson was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte to help an overworked bullpen. OF J.B. Shuck was optioned to Charlotte.