In an effort to speed up ballgames in their upcoming tournament, the Southeastern Conference is going to start timing how long it takes pitchers to deliver the ball.
That’s not news, because after all, the rules of baseball provide for such a thing. The difference here is that the SEC is going to use an actual on-the-field clock:
A clock mounted below the outfield video board at Regions Park in
Hoover, Ala., will show the seconds ticking down. An umpire not on the
field will operate the clock.
“If I feel like I’m going slow, I guess I will look up
there and see,” Vanderbilt pitcher Chase Reid said. “It’s going to be
like being a quarterback.”
Leave it to the SEC to make baseball more like football. Oh, and Mr. Reid, if you’re going to be an SEC quarterback, I think that you’re required by law to change your name to “Trent.”
The Indians announced on Wednesday that second baseman Jason Kipnis has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. Infielder Erik Gonzalez was called up from Triple-A Columbus.
Kipnis, 30, has been bothered by the hamstring for the last two months. He had to be pulled from Tuesday’s game with renewed tightness. The veteran is hitting .228/.285/.409 with 11 home runs and 30 RBI in 335 plate appearances on the season.
Gonzalez, 25, has a .263/.272/.400 triple-slash line in 82 PA in the majors this season. He provides versatility for the Indians as he’s played second base, third base, shortstop, and both corner outfield positions as a member of the Tribe.
The Red Sox placed outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. on the 10-day disabled list with a sprained thumb this afternoon.
Bradley’s left thumb got bent back awkwardly as he slid into home plate on Tuesday night in Cleveland. X-rays came back negative, but an MRI taken Wednesday morning in Boston revealed the sprain. It’s unclear at this point how long he might be sidelined.
Bradley is hitting .262/.343/.432 with 14 homers and 54 runs batted in on the season. Andrew Benintendi is likely to take over in center field for Bradley, with Chris Young and Brock Holt sharing time in left.