In an utterly not unexpected move, both David Ortiz and Kevin Gregg dropped their suspensions arising out of their actions during the last series between the Red Sox and Orioles. Each suspension was reduced from four games to three and their fines — originally $2,500 — were reduced as well.
Conveniently enough, today marks the beginning of another Red Sox-Orioles series, so the absence of the primary combatants will likely mean a lower likelihood of retribution, misguided or otherwise.
On Friday Ortiz said he was going to see his appeal all the way through. My guess is that was just talk, borne of baseball frowning upon guys making it painfully obvious that they do things like appeal their suspension while playing the Rays, and then serve it while playing the Orioles. But that’s what happens all the time anyway, and it appears to be happening here.
Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.
Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.
Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.
And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.
Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).
Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: