D end of D line for Dmitri

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I wrote about Dmitri Young a couple of times a couple of weeks ago, with the gist being “hey, I like the guy and I hope he can make his way back.” Seems that’s never gonna happen now:

It looks like Dmitri Young’s career, which reached such inspiring
heights two years ago with the Nationals, has come to an end under
upsetting circumstances. Young, who has been on rehab with Class AA
Harrisburg all month, tore his left quadriceps muscle last week and is
out for the rest of the season. And given all he’s gone through the
last two years, it’s hard to believe he’s going to get another shot to
play in the major leagues.

I agree, it seems unlikely that he’ll get another chance to play
somewhere. Rehab is not his strong suit, and by the time his quad is
better, he’s gonna be even more out of shape than he ever has been
(which is really, really out of shape).

Baseball, unlike the other sports, always seems to have a place in
it for an oddball, both physically and behaviorally speaking, and Young
was one of them over the past decade or so. I don’t know how most
people feel about all of this, but I’ll miss him.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman not considering demoting struggling Greg Bird

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Yankees first baseman Greg Bird gave his team tons of confidence to hand him the everyday job at first base to start the 2017 regular season, batting .451/.556/1.098 with eight home runs in 51 spring at-bats. But he’s followed that up by hitting .107/.254/.214 through the first month of the regular season.

GM Brian Cashman doesn’t have any intent to demote Bird back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports. Cashman said, “It’s not even an option for me in my mind right now, at all.”

Bird didn’t start Sunday’s game against the Orioles, a 7-4 loss in 11 innings. Lefty Wade Miley started for the Orioles, prompting manager Joe Girardi to put Chris Carter into the lineup at first base. If Bird isn’t able to figure things out, Carter might have an increased role on the team.

Chris Archer threw behind Jose Bautista

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Rays starter Chris Archer threw his first pitch to Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista behind the slugger’s back with one out in the first inning of Sunday afternoon’s game in Toronto. Bautista and Archer then had a staredown. Home plate umpire Jim Wolf issued warnings to both teams. Bautista ultimately flied out to right field and he appeared to have a quick word with Archer on his way back to the dugout.

Archer could have been exacting revenge — euphemistically known as “protecting his teammate” — because Jays reliever Joe Biagini hit Rays outfielder Steven Souza in the seventh inning of Saturday’s game. Souza was forced to leave the game and underwent an X-ray, which came back negative. He was held out of Sunday’s lineup. Biagini’s pitch did not appear to be intentional.

The Jays won Sunday’s contest 3-1 with no further incident. The two clubs meet again in Tampa for a three-game series starting on May 5, so we’ll see if Sunday was the last of the bad blood between them.