FYI: If you’re currently involved in a criminal conspiracy with Joe Girardi and a bunch of other guys and you can feel the heat starting to come down, you can probably assume that Girardi is the snitch:
“The reason I made that pitching change is that I didn’t want (Bruney) to throw a ton of pitches and not be available (today),” Girardi said. Girardi said he wanted Bruney to be kept to around 20 pitches (he threw 18). He also said he’d talk to Bruney about the rough outing. Bruney has 10 walks in his last 12-1/3 innings. “The guy’s not trying to walk people there,” Girardi said. “We’ll keep working. We’ll get it straightened out.”
Only problem was that the pitching change involving Bruney took place int the ninth inning. Joe Girardi was ejected from the game in the fifth. Ergo, he should not have been making pitching changes.
Note to Girardi: always be careful when using your out-loud voice.
Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.
Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.
Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.
And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.
Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).
Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: