Selig is in MASN talks; no resolution in sight

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig is directly involved in ongoing talks between the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals about the two teams’ longstanding dispute over the value of the Nationals’ television rights fees. According to one person directly involved in the negotiations but who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, proposals have been discussed but there is “no imminent solution.”

The Orioles and Nationals have been deadlocked on the issue since the end of the 2011 season, the first opportunity the Nationals had to negotiate for higher broadcast rights fees paid by the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. MASN is the regional network that televises both Nationals and Orioles games but is controlled primarily by the Orioles and owner Pete Angelos.

“I’m involved, but we’ve had a lot of meetings,” said Selig during a news conference at MLB’s headquarters in New York on Thursday on the final day of the quarterly owners meetings. “We’ll continue.”

Ramos heads to the DL

As expected, catcher Wilson Ramos was placed on the 15-day disabled list. He said his strained left hamstring feels the same as it did when he tore it earlier this season, which necessitated the minimum 15 days on the DL. Manager Davey Johnson said Ramos will need “at least two weeks, maybe three” before he returns.

Ramos will fly back to Washington to receive an MRI exam on his hamstring.

Detwiler may miss start

Nationals left-hander Ross Detwiler received an MRI exam Thursday to diagnose the full extent of his back injury and may have to miss his next start, scheduled for Monday in San Francisco.

Detwiler left in the third inning Wednesday night after he felt a spasm in the right side of his lower back.

If Detwiler cannot pitch, the Nationals likely would start right-hander Craig Stammen or left-handed long reliever Zach Duke. The team could choose Detwiler’s replacement from a shallow pool of candidates at Class AAA Syracuse, too, but only if the team needs to place Detwiler on the disabled list.

Harper meets Manziel

Bryce Harper returned to the Nationals’ lineup Thursday night, still feeling banged up from his crash into the right field wall in Dodger Stadium on Monday night. He received a pregame pick-me-up from Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. The Texas A&M quarterback is in San Diego working out with renowned throwing coach George Whitfield, and he came to Petco Park to throw out the first pitch. During stretching, Harper and Manziel shared a half-hug and a handshake.

— James Wagner and Adam Kilgore

Selig is in MASN talks; no resolution in sight

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig is directly involved in ongoing talks between the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals about the two teams’ longstanding dispute over the value of the Nationals’ television rights fees. According to one person directly involved in the negotiations but who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, proposals have been discussed but there is “no imminent solution.”

The Orioles and Nationals have been deadlocked on the issue since the end of the 2011 season, the first opportunity the Nationals had to negotiate for higher broadcast rights fees paid by the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. MASN is the regional network that televises both Nationals and Orioles games but is controlled primarily by the Orioles and owner Pete Angelos.

“I’m involved, but we’ve had a lot of meetings,” said Selig during a news conference at MLB’s headquarters in New York on Thursday on the final day of the quarterly owners meetings. “We’ll continue.”

Ramos heads to the DL

As expected, catcher Wilson Ramos was placed on the 15-day disabled list. He said his strained left hamstring feels the same as it did when he tore it earlier this season, which necessitated the minimum 15 days on the DL. Manager Davey Johnson said Ramos will need “at least two weeks, maybe three” before he returns.

Ramos will fly back to Washington to receive an MRI exam on his hamstring.

Detwiler may miss start

Nationals left-hander Ross Detwiler received an MRI exam Thursday to diagnose the full extent of his back injury and may have to miss his next start, scheduled for Monday in San Francisco.

Detwiler left in the third inning Wednesday night after he felt a spasm in the right side of his lower back.

If Detwiler cannot pitch, the Nationals likely would start right-hander Craig Stammen or left-handed long reliever Zach Duke. The team could choose Detwiler’s replacement from a shallow pool of candidates at Class AAA Syracuse, too, but only if the team needs to place Detwiler on the disabled list.

Harper meets Manziel

Bryce Harper returned to the Nationals’ lineup Thursday night, still feeling banged up from his crash into the right field wall in Dodger Stadium on Monday night. He received a pregame pick-me-up from Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. The Texas A&M quarterback is in San Diego working out with renowned throwing coach George Whitfield, and he came to Petco Park to throw out the first pitch. During stretching, Harper and Manziel shared a half-hug and a handshake.

— James Wagner and Adam Kilgore