With that headline, one’s instinct is to interpret it metaphorically, but Padres catcher Nick Hundley, starter Clayton Richard, and pitching coach Darren Balsley were literally trapped in an office prior to this afternoon’s series finale at Coors Field.
Via MLB.com’s Corey Brock:
For about 10 minutes, Bossart and Coors Field clubhouse workers tried different keys and other means to open the door. Nothing worked. Soon enough, Padres players, coaches and staff gathered around, laughing.
Outfielder Chris Denorfia placed speakers next to the door and played “Break on Through” by The Doors.
“[Balsley] is going through the vent,” Hundley joked.
Finally, someone inside the room pulled the door from its hinges, and Bossart kicked in the door to his own office to free the players with plenty of time to spare before the game.
That situation vaguely reminds me of this hilarious scene from the 1993 film Rookie of the Year.
Bill Whitehead of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves have signed reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract on Sunday. He’ll report to spring training as a non-roster invitee.
Hernandez, who turns 32 years old in May, signed a minor league contract with the Giants in February. He requested and was granted his release on Friday when he learned he wasn’t making the team’s 25-man roster to open the season.
Hernandez pitched for the Phillies last year. He compiled a 3.84 ERA with an 80/32 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.
Scott Kazmir won’t begin the regular season in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Manager Dave Roberts said after Kazmir’s Cactus League outing on Sunday that it “doesn’t make sense” for the ailing Kazmir to break camp in the rotation, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. The lefty will instead rehab some more and join the rotation at a later time.
Kazmir has been battling a hip issue which has caused his mechanics to suffer. He was clocked in the low 80’s 10 days ago and wasn’t much better on Sunday afternoon.
Last season with the Dodgers, Kazmir posted a 4.56 ERA with a 134/52 K/BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings, his worst numbers since returning to the majors in 2013.