Thu, 18 Dec 2008 12:16:34 -0800
Henry Schulman, of the San Francisco Chronicle, reports the Atlanta Braves signed free-agent P Lance Niekro (Astros) to a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training Thursday, Dec. 18. Niekro, previously a first baseman, is attempting a comeback as a knuckleball pitcher.
Mon, 10 Mar 2008 13:10:07 -0700
USAToday.com reports the Houston Astros have assigned IF Lance Niekro to their minor league camp.
Thu, 06 Mar 2008 00:44:04 -0800
The Houston Chronicle reports Houston Astros 1B Lance Niekro (foot) was forced to leave the March 5 game after fouling a ball off his right foot in the first inning. Niekro is hopeful the injury won't keep him out long. "It's on a weird spot on the instep," he said. "It started bruising and swelling up and tightening up. It's uncomfortable, but I think it will be all right. Hopefully it's one of those that swells up but the next day feels better."
Thu, 10 Jan 2008 10:54:17 -0800
USAToday.com reports the Houston Astros have agreed to terms with free-agent IF Lance Niekro (Giants) on a minor league contract.
Wed, 09 May 2007 18:18:28 -0700
The Associated Press reports the San Francisco Giants have outrighted 1B Lance Niekro to Triple-A Fresno.
Fri, 04 May 2007 18:22:04 -0700
The Associated Press reports San Francisco Giants 1B Lance Niekro was designated for assignment Friday, May 4.
Mon, 02 Apr 2007 07:34:46 -0700
Ryan Quinn, of Giants.MLB.com, reports San Francisco Giants 1B Lance Niekro made the team as the seventh infielder. Niekro hit .362 with three home runs and 10 RBI during spring training.
Fri, 02 Mar 2007 23:30:03 -0800
USAToday.com reports the San Francisco Giants have agreed to terms with 1B Lance Niekro on a one-year contract for 2007. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Fri, 27 Oct 2006 19:47:39 -0700
ESPN.com reports former Houston Astros SP Joe Niekro died Friday, Oct. 27 at the age of 61. Niekro, the franchise leader in wins, is the brother of Hall of Fame SP Phil Niekro and the father of San Francisco Giants 1B Lance Niekro. Joe Niekro was 221-204 in his 22-year career and was 144-166 with the Astros from 1975 until the middle of 1985, when he was traded to the New York Yankees. Joe Niekro and his brother Phil had 539 combined wins, making them the most successful brother combination in baseball history. Niekro reportedly developed a brain aneurysm Thursday, Oct. 26 and died Friday. KFFL sends their condolences to his family and friends.
Fri, 01 Sep 2006 12:55:02 -0700
Confirming a previous report, USAToday.com reports the San Francisco Giants called up 1B Lance Niekro from Triple-A Fresno Friday, Sept. 1.