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MLB may be poised to seize Dodgers

WILMINGTON, Del. — Major League Baseball "probably" will file a motion to seize the cash-strapped Dodgers, the Associated Press reported.

Baseball's constitution allows commissioner Bud Selig to take control of a team that seeks Chapter 11 protection. MLB first must file a motion seeking termination of the franchise. There is no timetable for that filing.

A Delaware judge Tuesday authorized the Dodgers to enter into a $150 million bankruptcy financing arrangement.

The proposed financing agreement with hedge fund Highbridge Capital, which was approved on an interim basis pending a July 20 hearing, allows the Dodgers to draw an initial $60 million to maintain operations.

Selig's office had objected to the financing proposal in court papers Tuesday, accusing owner Frank McCourt of siphoning off more than $100 million in club revenue and driving the Dodgers into a liquidity crisis. But after attorneys huddled behind closed doors for more than an hour, the league agreed to let the Dodgers proceed with their proposed financing arrangement.

In other Dodgers news, closer Jonathan Broxton was shut down again because of a bone bruise in his right (pitching) elbow.

JETER UPDATE: Yankees SS Derek Jeter ran the bases for the first time, a key step in his rehabilitation from a strained right calf. There is no date yet for when Jeter will rejoin the lineup.

ALL-STAR SUB: Cubs manager Mike Quade was added as a National League coach, replacing Jim Riggleman, who resigned last week as Nationals manager.

OBITUARY: Former Twins team president Howard Fox died in hospice care near his home in Orlando. He was 90.

A'S: Former Rays RH reliever Grant Balfour went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique.

INDIANS: RF Shin-Soo Choo could miss as long as 2½ months after having surgery on his broken left thumb.

NATIONALS: RHP Chien-Ming Wang, who hadn't pitched professionally since July 4, 2009, went three innings Monday in his first minor-league rehab start with Class A Hagerstown.

PADRES: OF prospect Donavan Tate, the third overall pick in the 2009 draft, was suspended 50 games for a second positive drug test. Tate, 20, was on the roster at Class A Eugene.

PHILLIES: RH reliever Ryan Madson went on the 15-day disabled list with a right hand contusion.

PIRATES: LF Jose Tabata went on the 15-day disabled list with a left quad strain. INF Josh Harrison was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis.

RANGERS: RH reliever Darren O'Day pitched a final rehab outing at Triple-A Round Rock and could soon come off the disabled list two months after having surgery on a torn labrum in his hip.

RED SOX: RH reliever Bobby Jenks, out since June 8 with back tightness, and LH reliever Franklin Morales, on the DL since May 29 with a left forearm strain, were activated.

TWINS: LF Delmon Young has a bone bruise in his right ankle. The former Ray went on the disabled list Sunday with what was classified as an ankle sprain.

MLB may be poised to seize Dodgers 06/28/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 10:12pm]
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