Marcus Giles pleads guilty to battery for assaulting wife

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Former Major League second baseman Marcus Giles has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery for assaulting his wife last fall, according to the Associated Press.

Giles, who has not played since 2007, has been in anger management counseling for four months, according to his attorney. The judge issued a limited protective order against Giles, allowing him to have contact with his wife, but not to “annoy or abuse her.”

Giles’ brother Brian, a 15-year big league outfielder and two-time All-Star who retired last month, has also had his problems off the field, as he was accused of domestic violence and sued for $10 million by a longtime partner in December of 2008.

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Dbacks outfielder Steven Souza injured his right shoulder last night

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Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Steven Souza dove for a ball in a spring training game last night, missed, and ended up injuring his right shoulder.

It looked bad, too. Center fielder Jarrod Dyson stood over him, frantically waving to the dugout for a trainer as Souza kicked his legs in apparent pain. Souza held his arms awkwardly as he walked off the field. At the moment the Dbacks are calling it a right shoulder strain, but he’ll get an MRI on it today after which a more specific diagnosis will come.

If Souza is out for a while it’s a pretty big blow to Arizona’s 2018 plan. Souza was acquired to help cushion the blow of losing J.D. Martinez in free agency. While not the hitter Martinez is, Souza hit 30 homers in Tampa Bay last year, stood likely to at least match that in the more hitter-friendly confines of Chase Field and, of course, plays superior defense.

Potential replacements for Souza include moving David Peralta from left to right and inserting Yasmany Tomas in left or having fourth outfielder Dyson, or perhaps a platoon of Dyson and utilityman Chris Owings, handle right. Socrates Brito is another internal option.

Obviously the Snakes will wait to hear the results of the MRI before going too deeply into replacement plans, all the while hoping that Souza’s injury is far less serious than it appeared to be last night.