Sergio Romo was detained in the Las Vegas airport on New Year’s Day for allegedly “becoming belligerent” with a TSA officer and for not showing his identification. He was cited for violating airport rules and released. And that, it seems, is the end of the story:
The Associated Press reported that a screening panel used prosecutorial discretion to drop the case, according to the Clark County District Attorney’s office. Romo had been scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 12 and faced the possibility of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Romo apologized after the incident. An incident which, apparently, wasn’t all that big a deal all things considered. I presume that, with the exception of two oblique paragraphs in the middle of some mid-spring training feature on Romo, this will be the last we hear of it.
Pitcher David Phelps has a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his 2018 season, the Mariners announced on Wednesday. Phelps was making brief one-inning stints in the Cactus League as he worked his way back from a procedure to remove a bone spur from his elbow last September. He said he felt the ligament tear on his final pitch against the Angels in his March 17 appearance.
Phelps, 31, was expected to set up for closer Edwin Diaz. The right-hander, between the Marlins and Mariners last season, posted a 3.40 ERA with a 62/26 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings. He and the Mariners avoided arbitration in January, agreeing on a $5.55 million salary for the 2018 campaign. Phelps will become eligible to become a free agent at the end of the season.
As the Mariners noted in their statement, the expected recovery period for Tommy John surgery is 12-15 months, so this very likely cuts into Phelps’ 2019 season as well.