6:20 p.m. EDT update: And now we know why Mark Grace is, at least temporarily, out as the Diamondbacks’ color guy. He got arrested on DUI charges for the second time this year on Thursday night.
According to the Arizona Republic, he was pulled over in Scottsdale for having expired plates at about 9 p.m. last night and he ended up flunking a field-sobriety test.
It’s been a tough year to be a Diamondbacks broadcaster. First Daron Sutton goes on double secret indefinite suspension for dress code violations and, allegedly, other insubordination, and now Mark Grace is placed on an indefinite leave of absence for reasons unknown:
There is no way of knowing for sure why Grace needs the time, but given the apparent personal nature, it’s likely not good. Grace had a DUI last year, but there’s no way of knowing if this has anything to do with that kind of thing, a family matter or any number of other causes.
Here’s hoping everything is OK with the guy.
John Wisely of the Detroit Free Press reports that current free agent reliever Francisco Rodriguez is being sued by his former landlord for damage to the rented property as well as missing artwork. The landlord is asking for $80,000 after having kept Rodriguez’s $15,000 security deposit.
The lawsuit says that Rodriguez damaged a bedroom TV, a crystal floor lamp, glass shelves in the bar, glass tiles in the master bath, and a Moroccan mirror in the powder room. Additionally, the suit claims that the bedding is stained and paint has chipped, as well as other damages. And the piece of art that is allegedly missing, which depicts a tiger, is valued at more than $10,000.
Rodriguez has not yet been served with the suit, but the landlord has been speaking to his managers.
The Nationals released Rodriguez, 35, two weeks ago after having signed him to a minor league contract in late June. He started the season with the Tigers, but struggled to a 7.82 ERA over 25 1/3 innings before being released.
MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that the Rays have acquired first baseman Lucas Duda from the Mets. The Mets will receive pitching prospect Drew Smith in return, per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.
Duda, 31, is batting .246/.347/.532 with 17 home runs and 37 RBI in 291 plate appearances for the Mets this season. He’ll provide a potent bat in the Rays’ lineup as they attempt to overcome their current 2.5-game deficit in the AL East.
Smith, 23, is the Rays’ No. 30 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. He ascended from High-A to Triple-A already this season, posting an aggregate 1.60 ERA with a 40/9 K/BB ratio over 45 innings across four stops with High-A Lakeland (Tigers), High-A Charlotte (Rays), Double-A Montgomery, and Triple-A Durham.