DENVER – Washington Nationals Assistant General Manager Bob Miller, a former executive with the Diamondbacks, has placed his 2001 World Series ring up for auction to raise money for his colleague, Doug Harris, who is undergoing treatment for leukemia.
Harris, the Nationals’ assistant GM and vice president of player personnel, has been battling leukemia since July, the second time he’s fought the disease. Earlier this summer, Harris’ wife, Lisa, set up a GoFundMe page with a goal of raising $400,000 to pay for an expensive CAR-T cell therapy treatment. That campaign raised more than $150,000.
Miller was the director of baseball operations for the Diamondbacks in 2001, the year they beat the New York Yankees in Game 7 to clinch Arizona’s first major-sports championship.
“I’ve got the memories from 2001, but the physical ring means nothing,” Miller said. “It’s sitting in a vault. I’m proud of it, but I don’t need it.”
Harris, in his role overseeing the Nationals’ farm system, played a significant role in the development of Diamondbacks outfielder Steven Souza Jr., who said he still views Harris as a sort of baseball father figure.
“He has an ability to understand the game,” Souza said, “but be personable and be straightforward and care about other people. He always puts other people first.
“I think that’s what Bob sees. It’s an amazing thing for somebody to give up their World Series ring so that Doug can get these treatments. I really wish more people would step up and help out.”
Miller’s ring had a bid of $10,500 as of midday Thursday. The auction, which can be found at auctions.mlb.com, ends Tuesday night.
Left-hander T.J. McFarland returned to Phoenix to undergo an MRI exam on his left elbow, on which McFarland had been dealing with inflammation and discomfort, manager Torey Lovullo said.
McFarland first started experiencing symptoms near the end of the previous homestand but has continued to play catch and has improved, Lovullo said.
“He’s been feeling better and better,” Lovullo said. “We just felt like it made too much sense to send him out and get him examined to make sure everything is OK.”
Lovullo said McFarland had been unavailable to pitch throughout the Rockies series, acknowledging there were instances when he would have otherwise liked to have used him.
If all goes well with the tests and his examination with team physician Dr. Gary Waslewski, McFarland could rejoin the team in Houston, according to Lovullo.
- Lovullo said he had left fielder David Peralta out of the lineup because he thought Peralta was in need of a day off. “It’s hard to say that with David because he’s so full of energy at all times,” Lovullo said. “But it was just my perspective that he might be getting a little winded. I wanted to get him off his feet.” Peralta went hitless in four at-bats and made a bad read on a hard liner in left field on Wednesday night.
- Slugger Christian Walker could get the start at designated hitter on Friday against Astros lefty Dallas Keuchel, and Lovullo hinted that Daniel Descalso and Paul Goldschmidt are candidates to serve as DH in the other two games. Lovullo said he’ll decide for certain once they’re in Houston, adding that he’s been making out his lineups only one day in advance in recent weeks.
- Outfielder Jarrod Dyson’s surgery to repair the right adductor muscle in his lower core area went well, Lovullo said. Philadelphia-based surgeon Dr. Bill Meyers performed the surgery, the second he’s done on Dyson in the past two years.
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