Miguel Tejada was sentenced last year to one year of probation, 100 hours of community service and had to pay a fine for misleading Congressional investigators in the course of the PED circus. He didn’t knock over a liquor store while on probation, and the fine, we presume, was no big deal. Mr. Tejada has failed, however, to carry out his sentence in one important respect:
Tejada’s probation had been set to expire Thursday. However,
prosecutors say Tejada still has 44 hours of community service to
complete. At a hearing in federal court in Washington on
Wednesday, Magistrate Judge Alan Kay extended the probation for six
months. If Tejada completes the remaining service hours sooner, his
probation officer will recommend ending the probation early.
What, exactly, did Tejada have to do between the months of October and March — let alone on off-days during last season — that was so damn pressing that he couldn’t fit in 100 hours of community service? I mean, sure, it may be hard, logistically speaking, to arrange 100 hour-long presentations to middle schoolers about the dangers of drugs and lying an playing crappy shortstop and stuff. But I can tell you based on experience that, if you go down to the parole office and say “I want to spend 100 hours doing stuff!” people will fill your schedule for you pretty damn quickly.
Oh well. Could be worse for Tejada. The judge could have added an ankle monitor to his probation. I’m guessing the he figured Tejada’s mobility was already bad enough and that doing anything else to cut his range would constitute cruel and unusual punishment on Orioles fans.
Who says no-hitters can’t be just as fun when they happen during spring training?
Angels’ right-hander Bud Norris delivered two perfect innings on Friday night, paving the way for an eight-pitcher no-hitter against the Mariners at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Jose Alvarez, Cam Bedrosian, Andrew Bailey, Austin Adams, Drew Gagnon and Justin Anderson each filed a hitless inning of their own, leaving right-hander Abel De Los Santos to close out the ninth inning with just three pitches — and three game-saving plays by the defense.
Of course, it didn’t hurt that the Angels were facing a bevy of Mariners’ backups, rather than their starting lineup. In fact, Seattle’s lineup featured just two starting players — outfielder Leonys Martin and shortstop Jean Segura — while the majority of their everyday position players took on the Royals in a 4-3 win elsewhere in the Cactus League. The Mariners managed to reach base twice, first on catcher interference in the fourth inning, then on a four-pitch walk in the sixth, spoiling the Angels’ chances of turning their combined no-hitter into a combined perfect game.
Still, whether it’s executed in spring training or the regular season, against an All-Star lineup or one comprised of minor leaguers, a no-hitter is a no-hitter. The team’s eight-pitcher effort marked the first spring training no-no the Angels had completed since 1996, when they took on the Giants in a 15-0 showdown. Unfortunately for the 1996 squad, their regular season ended with a 70-91 record, good for last place in the AL West. Perhaps this no-hitter will prove a better omen for the coming season.
Rangers’ bullpen candidate Tanner Scheppers left Friday’s Cactus League game with pain in his “lower half,” according to reports by Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. The specifics of the right-hander’s injury have yet to be determined, but he was accompanied by the athletic trainer when he exited the game and is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Saturday.
Scheppers, 30, has a long history of elbow and knee injuries. He missed all but 8 2/3 innings of the 2016 season after undergoing a procedure to repair torn articular cartilage in his left knee. While he appeared healthy enough through his first seven appearances this spring, he failed to impress with three runs, five walks and six strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings with the club.
Should Scheppers find himself on the disabled list for another lengthy stay, MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan speculates that his absence could clear some room in the bullpen for Rule 5 draft pick and fellow righty Mike Hauschild. Hauschild, 27, has dealt seven runs, five walks and 15 strikeouts through 17 1/3 innings in camp.