We've entered an age when players sometimes break news about themselves. On Monday night, Cubs' supplemental-round pick Pierce Johnson did just that:
Just signed with the Chicago Cubs! Thanks to God, family, teammates, coaches, and friends. If it wasn't for you guys I wouldn't be here! Pierce Johnson (@Flowbro34) June 12, 2012
Johnson, 21, pitched three years at Missouri State, with his junior year of 2012 representing a major step forward. He made 13 starts, throwing three complete games with a 2.55 ERA and a 11226 strikeout-to-walk ratio while allowing just one home run in 91 23 innings.
ESPN's Keith Law had Johnson pegged as mid first-round pick before he suffered a forearm strain. Baseball America's Jim Callis lauded Johnson in an interview on WGN-720 AM Monday, agreeing that he would've gone higher had there not been concerns about his health.
But Johnson made a few starts after missing a few outings in the middle of the season, suggesting that he'll join the Cubs' organization with a clean bill of health.
Bastian Schweinsteiger's time with Manchester United wound down with him being essentially frozen out of the team for an extended period, but he was still happy to see his former teammates win a European trophy on Wednesday.
Man U beat Ajax 2-0 to win the Europa League final in Stockholm. The win sealed a berth in next year's Champions League for the Red Devils.
Despite the way Schweinsteiger's tenure in England ended, the German midfielder has still said positive things about the club since leaving for the Chicago Fire in March. He tweeted out a good luck message to the team ahead of the final.
Paul Pogba scored in the first half and Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored in the second half to seal United's win and the trophy to end a season that included a sixth-place finish in the Premier League.
Schweinsteiger didn't play in any Premier League matches this season, but his last appearance for the Manchester club was as a subtitute in the Europa League round of 32 at French club Saint-Etienne.
Training with the Fire on Wednesday kept him from watching the whole final, but he said he did watch what he could.
“I’m happy for United," Schweinsteiger said after the Fire's 2-1 win against Dallas. "I’m happy for them. They are a good team and I’m happy they can play in Champions League next year.”