It took more than 18 months, but Mike Hargrove finally got the four victories he needed to reach the 1,000-win milestone in his managerial career.
When the Orioles fired him at the end of the 2003 season, Hargrove was stuck on win No. 996. His fourth as the manager of the Seattle Mariners came Wednesday, a 2-1 win over the Royals.
He joked afterward that if all of his wins had been as close as that one, "I'd be dead."
Hargrove began his managerial career in 1991 with Cleveland and won 721 games with the Indians before being dismissed in 1999. He compiled a 275-372 mark with the Orioles from 2000 to '03.
He is the 51st manager in big-league history to win 1,000. When asked the difference between his first year managing and now, Hargrove said: "I'm about 50 pounds heavier."
The team had a champagne toast for Hargrove after the game. Reliever Jeff Nelson took it a step further by sneaking up behind his manager and pouring champagne on Hargrove's head.
Unless the Mariners have the greatest season in history, Hargrove will also visit the flip side of the milestone this year: 1,000 defeats. He entered the season with 963 losses in his career.
Silva's fine, for now
Carlos Silva and his balky right knee had a crazy week. Silva, the Minnesota Twins' No. 3 starter and a 14-game winner last year, has been bothered by a hamstring injury that he thought might be causing him pain in his right knee.
He had a magnetic resonance imaging exam, which, to the shock of the organization, revealed a 70 percent tear of his medial meniscus. Surgery on the damaged area and subsequent rehab would cost him two to three months.
On further review, team doctors decided a clean-up procedure might allow him to get back within three to eight weeks. The Houston Astros' doctor was asked to give his opinion and it was then decided Silva couldn't do any more damage and wouldn't need any procedures until after the season.
It looks as if his trip to the 15-day disabled list may not have been necessary. He's expected to pitch for the Twins on Friday.
Hafner's big plans
Cleveland Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner signed a three-year, $7 million contract extension with the team this week. Hafner, nicknamed "Pronk" (half project, half donkey), said the first thing he is going to buy is "a couple of wrestling T-shirts."
Scarcity of Alomars
When Sandy Alomar made his Texas debut at nearly age 39, he officially became the oldest catcher to play for the Rangers, passing Jim Sundberg and Chad Kreuter, bought of whom also caught for the team at 38. Alomar will turn 39 in June.
How much money would you have made if you had bet someone a decade ago that the injury-prone Alomar would outlast his younger brother in the big leagues? Second baseman Roberto Alomar, 36, recently retired.
White Sox slugger Frank Thomas had a cortisone shot in a tendon in his left foot this week as he tries to continue to come back from ankle surgery. There is no timetable for his return.
Compiled from interviews, wire services and reports from other newspapers.