Following up on last night’s revelations, the Associated Press is reporting that two men were charged today in the brutal Opening Day beating of Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium.
Louie Sanchez, 29, and Marvin Norwood, 30, were charged with one count each of mayhem, assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury, and battery with serious bodily injury. Charges against a third suspect, 31-year-old Dorene Sanchez, are pending.
“The Los Angeles Police Department never gave up on this case,” District Attorney Steve Cooley said in a prepared statement. “The experienced prosecutors assigned to the case will present the evidence in the courtroom, where ultimate decisions will be made.”
New details of the attack are disturbing. The complaint alleged that both men personally inflicted great bodily injury on Stow, “causing him to become comatose due to brain injury and to suffer paralysis.” The mayhem count mentioned above alleged that they “did cut and disable the tongue, and put out an eye and slit (Stow’s) nose, ear and lip.”
If convicted, Sanchez could get nine years in state prison while Norwood could face an eight-year term. Sanchez was also charged with two misdemeanor counts of battery stemming from a separate incident on the same day as the beating. Sounds like one heckuva guy.
Giovanni Ramirez was arrested in May in connection with the attack, but police Chief Charlie Beck officially announced today that he is no longer a suspect.
The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.
Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.
Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.
The Phillies announced on Tuesday that the club traded pitcher Alec Asher to the Orioles for a player to be named later.
Asher, 25, was the victim of a roster crunch. He was not going to make the 25-man roster and the starting rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley was already full. The Phillies acquired him from the Rangers in the July 2015 Cole Hamels trade.
Asher had good results in 27 2/3 innings in the big leagues last year, posting a 2.28 ERA with a 13/4 K/BB ratio. While it didn’t show in those stats, the right-hander sometimes struggles with command and he doesn’t miss bats often enough to make up for it. The Orioles, however, are happy to add some pitching depth.