Nothing like a little bit of local news fluff to distract from the sheer horror of John Maine going on the disabled listThe New York Post reports Brian Stokes will likely assume Maine’s spot in the rotation, while Jon Niese could potentially be called upon to make his major league debut after September 1.

Could there be any greater testament to the plummeting fortunes of Melky Cabrera than the McFarlane Toy Co. scrapping plans to manufacture a Melky Doll? If it’s any consolation, I believe the Jeff Francoeur action figures have also been shelved for the time being.  Though if McFarlane wish to flog a hotly coveted collectable, they could do worse than license the rights to the Geege plushy from Merle Allin.