Pittsburgh’s relievers have nicknamed the bullpen crew the “Shark Tank” because, as closer Jason Grilli explained to Steven Petrella of MLB.com, they “look for the smell of blood and go in for the kill.”
And to show just how committed they are to that nickname, Grilli and company brought an actual shark tank into the Pirates’ clubhouse. Petralla writes that Grilli researched sharks to find out how big they can be without “putting guys on the DL and losing a finger or an arm” and ended up getting a 150-gallon tank with multiple sharks and fish.
MLB.com has video of the setup:
Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.
Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.
Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.
And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.
Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).
Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: