Beach Bums sign pitcher Phil Brua
TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City Beach Bums signed right-handed pitcher Phil Brua, who spent the last two seasons in the Toronto Blue Jays organization.
Brua split time last season with the Vancouver Canadians and the Lansing Lugnuts. He was a combined 5-1 in 29 games with a 4.72 ERA.
In 2011, Brua went 7-1 with five saves for the Canadians, compiling a 2.70 ERA. He led the Northwest League in wins, was seventh with 26 appearances and finished ninth in saves.
Mayor passes on bid idea for 2024 Olympics
DETROIT — Detroit Mayor Dave Bing is taking a pass on the idea of making a bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics.
Bing announced the decision Thursday in a statement, citing millions of dollars needed for the bid process even before such an event. He says the city must decline to participate, citing the “timing and uncertainty of Detroit’s long-term financial stability.”
Bing acknowledged this week that an emergency manager will be appointed to oversee Detroit’s finances. The city’s budget deficit is at $327 million. It also has long-term debt topping $14 billion and has had trouble in recent months making payroll and paying other bills.
The U.S. Olympic Committee last month sent letters to mayors of a number of cities to gauge interest in a potential bid for the Summer Olympics.
St. Louis shortstop to undergo elbow surgery
JUPITER, Fla. — St. Louis shortstop Rafael Furcal will undergo ligament replacement surgery in his right elbow and expects to miss the 2013 season.
Furcal made the decision after visiting Dr. James Andrew’s clinic in Pensacola, Fla., on Wednesday.
Furcal strained the elbow ligament near the end of last season, keeping him out of the final few weeks and the Cardinals’ playoff run.
There was a concern then that he’d have to undergo offseason Tommy John surgery, but Furcal chose to try rehab instead.