Bud Selig was on the Dan Patrick Show today and the subject of Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds and steroids came up. After noting that, no, he doesn’t expect to be a witness in those cases, he defended baseball’s drug testing program and even got a little defiant about it:
“So, where are all these people five and six and seven years ago that
were pontificating? The fact of the matter is the sport
has never been cleaner than it is today.”
The fact of the matter is also that those people from six and seven years ago are still pontificating, sadly. As they would no matter what baseball did about PED testing. These are the same people who want to ban caffeine and oxygen and stuff.
As for the “baseball has never been cleaner than it is today,” stuff. OK, maybe. But given that baseball has basically never, ever been really clean, that’s not a tremendous claim.
Diamondbacks catcher Jeff Mathis has an avulsion fracture in his right hand, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. As Piecoro explains, an avulsion fracture is when a ligament comes off of the bone and pulls fragments of bone with it.
Mathis is likely done for the season, but he wants to see hand specialist Dr. Don Sheridan, per Piecoro. He suffered the injury on Monday when he was hit in the hand with a foul tip.
Mathis, 34, hit an uninspiring .213/.276/.322 in 200 plate appearances for the Diamondbacks, but was a plus defensively. Chris Iannetta and Chris Herrmann will handle catching duties with Mathis out for at least a while.
The Dodgers announced on Tuesday that first baseman Cody Bellinger and starter Alex Wood were placed on the 10-day disabled list. Bellinger has a sprained right ankle and Wood is dealing with left SC joint inflammation. To take their spots on the roster, the Dodgers recalled pitchers Brock Stewart and Josh Ravin from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Bellinger, 22, has had an outstanding rookie season, batting .274/.356/.612 with 34 home runs and 79 RBI in 419 plate appearances. Fortunately, the Dodgers just got Adrian Gonzalez back from the DL, so their first base situation is already handled.
Wood, 26, has had a career year. He’s 14-1 with a 2.41 ERA and a 127/30 K/BB ratio over 123 1/3 innings. He’s been successful despite his velocity declining more and more with every passing month this season. The Dodgers’ rotation is already in disarray, so losing Wood hurts even more. On the bright side, Clayton Kershaw should be returning from the disabled list soon.