According to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports, shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and catcher-first baseman Carlos Santana had to be separated in the Indians dugout during the first inning of this evening’s game against the Tigers.
It’s not exactly clear what spawned the argument, but Santana has struggled handling throws at first base this season and it’s possible that Cabrera was aiming to give the youngster some sort of wake up call.
Santana dropped a toss from Cabrera on Wednesday night, leading to three unearned runs, and also failed to reel in a throw from third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall in the top of the first inning tonight. That mistake also led to an unearned run.
Fausto Carmona ended the yelling match by getting in between Santana and Cabrera, and Indians manager Manny Acta was later spotted having words with both of them. We’re not expecting further fallout.
In fact, Santana launched his 18th home run of the season in the second inning. Water under the bridge.
Mets manager Terry Collins said on Wednesday, “It’s unlikely that [Steven Matz] will start the season with us.” The final spot in the Mets’ starting rotation will go to either Zack Wheeler or Seth Lugo, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports.
On Wheeler’s innings limit, assistant GM John Ricco said, “There’s going to be some number but we don’t exactly know what that is.” Wheeler missed the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Neither Wheeler nor Lugo have had terrific springs as each carries a 5.11 and 5.56 Grapefruit League ERA, respectively. However, Carig notes that Wheeler has impressed simply by appearing healthy and brandishing a fastball that once again sits in the mid- to high-90’s. Lugo, meanwhile, proved crucial to the Mets last year, posting a 2.67 ERA across eight starts and nine relief appearances.
Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies agreed to a $200 million, 30-year lease with the Metropolitan Baseball Stadium District, which is the state division that owns Coors Field. As part of the deal, the Rockies will lease and develop a plot of land south of the stadium, which will cost the team $125 million for 99 years.
As Groke points out, had the Rockies not reached a deal by Thursday, March 30, the lease would have rolled over for five more years.
Rockies owner Dick Monfort issued a statement, saying, “We are proud that Coors Field will continue to be a vital part of a vibrant city, drawing fans from near and far and making our Colorado residents proud.”
The Rockies moved into Coors Field in 1995. It is the National League’s third oldest stadium. In that span of time, the Rockies have made the playoffs three times, the last coming in 2009 when they lost in the NLDS to the Phillies. The Rockies were swept in the 2007 World Series by the Red Sox.