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Lasorda stable after mild heart attack

This is a 2012 photo of Zack Greinke of the Milwaukee Brewers baseball team.  This image reflects the Milwaukee Brewers active roster as of Feb. 26, 2012 when this image was taken. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
This is a 2012 photo of Zack Greinke of the Milwaukee Brewers baseball team. This image reflects the Milwaukee Brewers active roster as of Feb. 26, 2012 when this image was taken. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) AP

Drafting by iPad

The Brewers' wealth of draft expertise apparently isn't limited to their front office. Ace pitcher Zack Greinke spends some of his free time watching video of draft prospects, and general manager Doug Melvin invited him to spend some time in the team's draft room during the opening round of the first-year player draft Monday night. Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke says Greinke was eager to share his thoughts on potential draft targets — so much so that he walked into Roenicke's meeting with Melvin and assistant general manager Gord Ash on Sunday, armed with an iPad filled with his notes on several players.

Catcher suffers concussion

The Angels have placed catcher Bobby Wilson on the seven-day concussion DL and recalled catcher Hank Conger from Triple-A Salt Lake. Wilson started 27 of the Angels' first 56 games and had only 13 hits and one RBI in 76 at-bats before he was struck in the facemask by a foul tip off the bat of the Mariners' Munenori Kawasaki on Monday..

The Angels now have two catchers on the DL, including Chris Iannetta, who is out with a broken right pinky.

Wilson went on the 15-day DL in April 2010 with a concussion after a bone-jarring collision with the Yankees' Mark Teixeira at home plate — a play that also resulted in a sprained left ankle.

Conger, who has spent parts of the previous two seasons with the big club, started on Tuesday night.

Hall of Fame manager Tom Lasorda was hospitalized in stable condition Tuesday, a day after having a "mild" heart attack while representing the Dodgers at the Major League Baseball draft.

The Dodgers said doctors inserted a stent to repair a blocked artery in Lasorda's heart. The energetic, enthusiastic 84-year-old was resting comfortably and there was a chance he could return to California on Wednesday.

"The doctors confirmed I do bleed Dodger Blue. I'm looking forward to being back at the stadium to cheer on the Dodgers," Lasorda said.

Arizona Diamondbacks Manager Kirk Gibson took Lasorda's sense of humor as a sign that he is doing all right.

"He's had a couple (attacks) before, so he's in New York for the draft and probably went out and pounded a huge meal, and went down," said Gibson, who played for Lasorda. "I've eaten several meals with him, so I know what it's like. I felt like I was having a heart attack after eating with him."

Former Seattle GM dies

Hal Keller, a former Seattle Mariners general manager and longtime Texas Rangers executive who helped bring the radar gun to the major leagues, has died at 84. Keller passed away in his sleep at his home in Sequim, Wash., early Tuesday. He was being treated for esophageal cancer.

Keller spent most of his baseball career in scouting and the front office and was the first farm director of the expansion Washington Senators.

After the Senators moved to Texas and became the Rangers, Keller introduced the radar gun, which originally was used by only police. The Rangers said Keller did so on the recommendation of former major-league outfielder and Michigan State coach Danny Litwhiler.

Keller was the younger brother of the late Yankees standout Charlie "King Kong" Keller, a five-time All-Star who played in the same outfield with Joe DiMaggio. Hal Keller played 25 games with Washington from 1949-52.

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