You might be surprised to learn that Tony La Russa had a bizarre complaint about something last night. OK, probably not.
Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that La Russa filed a complaint with umpire chief Gary Darling about some lighting issues around home plate at Miller Park. Apparently the Cardinals believed that the home plate area was darker when they were batting than it was for the Brewers.
And wouldn’t you know it, the Cardinals lost the game 6-2.
Anyway, the Brewers heard from the commissioner’s office and were given no edict to change anything with the lighting.
“It’s all been handled,” said Brewers general manager Doug Melvin. “I really don’t have any comment on it.
“We didn’t change anything. There was no reason to change anything. What was brought up, nothing had to be changed.”
While this sounds like a baseless claim on the part of La Russa, Haudricourt writes that whispers of the Brewers “cheating” at Miller Park are nothing new. It’s only natural, since they are a major-league best 40-14 at home this season as opposed to 21-35 on the road.
The Diamondbacks have signed free agent left-hander Jorge De La Rosa to a minor league deal, per a team announcement on Sunday. The contract includes an invitation to spring training. Nick Piecoro of AZCentral.com adds that De La Rosa stands to make $2.25 million if he secures a spot on the major league roster, with up to $600,000 in incentives if he pitches out of the bullpen and up to $1 million in incentives if he pitches out of the starting rotation.
The 35-year-old is expected to compete for a bullpen role after spending the better part of a decade in the Rockies’ rotation. He capped a nine-year run with Colorado in 2016, finishing the year with a 5.51 ERA, 4.2 BB/9 and 7.3 SO/9 over 134 innings. Despite his struggles out of the rotation, he found limited success in a three-game stint in the bullpen, striking out 10 of 26 batters and holding the opposition to just three hits and one earned run in eight innings.
The veteran lefty is set to join a bullpen comprised of right-handers Randall Delgado, Jake Barrett and Fernando Rodney, along with a number of unproven candidates on similar minor league contracts. His age and command issues may be off-putting, but the promise he showed as a reliever should give the Diamondbacks some upside as they attempt to redeem a league-worst bullpen in 2017.
Blue Jays’ third baseman Josh Donaldson is expected to miss up to three weeks with a right calf strain, reports John Lott. Donaldson reportedly felt some discomfort in his calf during sprinting drills on Friday and was diagnosed with what looked like a mild strain after undergoing an MRI on Saturday. According to Lott, the 31-year-old is on crutches for the next few days and will likely miss 2-3 weeks of spring training.
Donaldson had a similar scare at the start of the 2016 season, when he limped out of the batter’s box during the Blue Jays’ first regular season road trip with a right calf strain. He returned to DH two days later, however, and was back on the field in less than a week’s time. Blue Jays’ GM Ross Atkins told MLB.com’s Corey Long that the two calf injuries are unrelated, and expects that Donaldson will recover in similar fashion this spring — well before Opening Day comes around.