A Brooklyn Dodgers ballboy during Jackie Robinson’s rookie season helped honor the baseball pioneer Monday by throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at the Miami Marlins-Washington Nationals game in Miami.
Norman Berman, 84, lives in nearby West Palm Beach and has been a Marlins fan since their first game in 1993. He also was the Dodgers’ 19-year-old ballboy in 1947, the year Robinson broke the sport’s color barrier.
Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is performing limited on-field work at the team’s minor league complex in Florida as part of a rehabilitation program for a left ankle injury. … The Cincinnati Reds have lost top starter Johnny Cueto for at least a few weeks because of a strained muscle in his back. … Marlins reserve outfielder Austin Kearns has been released from the hospital after complaining of an irregular heartbeat and undergoing tests. More tests are planned. … Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes won’t need surgery on his sprained left ankle, but is still expected to miss three months. … Right-handed reliever Stephen Pryor has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Seattle Mariners after suffering a tear in a muscle in his back.