Mike Gonzalez apologizes for beaning that left Chris Dickerson with concussion

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Mike Gonzalez sought out Chris Dickerson prior to yesterday’s game, apologizing to the Yankees outfielder for hitting him in the helmet with a pitch Wednesday night and asking how he was physically after suffering a concussion:

I just wanted to make sure that he was OK. Obviously, it wasn’t my intention. I wasn’t trying to hit the guy. I felt a much better peace of mind when I got to talk to him. He understood the whole situation. He said that he knew I wasn’t trying to hit him. That means the world to me. When I saw him out there walking around, I was very happy with it.

Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that the two payers hugged, so clearly there isn’t any bad blood, and Dickerson is hopeful that he can avoid the disabled list and possibly be available as soon as tonight.

Gonzalez was immediately ejected from the game and could be facing a fine or suspension. “I’m definitely going to fight it,” the reliever told Zrebiec. “That was uncalled for. Anybody watching that game is going to know that there was no intention there.”

The Tigers decline Anibal Sanchez’s 2018 option

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From the “this does not surprise us in the very least” department, Tigers GM Al Avila announced today that the club is declining its $16 million option on right-hander Anibal Sanchez.

Sanchez had a terrible year in 2017, going 3-7 with a 6.41 ERA in 2017. That’s a long slide down from his 2013 season, in which he won the AL ERA title, going 14-8 and posting an ERA of 2.57 in the first year of his five-year, $80 million deal. Since then he’s gone 28-35 with a 5.15 ERA. He never started 30 games or more over the course of the contract.

The declination of the option does come with a nice parting gift for Sanchez: a $5 million buyout. Which is pretty dang high for a buyout, but that’s how the Tigers rolled three or four years ago.