Given the age of the Phillies’ roster, if you asked many of them, “What do you think about Brian Wilson?” you might get a few “I love the Beach Boys!” replies. Brian Wilson the baseball player, however, will be showing off his surgically-repaired right arm in front of several teams, including the Phillies, on Thursday, according to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki.
Wilson made two appearances with the Giants last season before landing on the disabled list, ultimately requiring Tommy John surgery. He is relatively young at 31 and could be had cheaply with an incentive-laden contract, depending on how many teams consider him a legitimate option for their bullpens.
The Phillies recently received word they will be without relievers Mike Adams and Jeremy Horst for the rest of the season. At 4.36, the Phillies have the National League’s worst bullpen ERA. But, with a 49-50 record and seven games out of first place in the NL East entering tonight’s game against the Cardinals, the Phillies still consider themselves contenders.
Yankees first baseman Greg Bird gave his team tons of confidence to hand him the everyday job at first base to start the 2017 regular season, batting .451/.556/1.098 with eight home runs in 51 spring at-bats. But he’s followed that up by hitting .107/.254/.214 through the first month of the regular season.
GM Brian Cashman doesn’t have any intent to demote Bird back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports. Cashman said, “It’s not even an option for me in my mind right now, at all.”
Bird didn’t start Sunday’s game against the Orioles, a 7-4 loss in 11 innings. Lefty Wade Miley started for the Orioles, prompting manager Joe Girardi to put Chris Carter into the lineup at first base. If Bird isn’t able to figure things out, Carter might have an increased role on the team.
Rays starter Chris Archer threw his first pitch to Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista behind the slugger’s back with one out in the first inning of Sunday afternoon’s game in Toronto. Bautista and Archer then had a staredown. Home plate umpire Jim Wolf issued warnings to both teams. Bautista ultimately flied out to right field and he appeared to have a quick word with Archer on his way back to the dugout.
Archer could have been exacting revenge — euphemistically known as “protecting his teammate” — because Jays reliever Joe Biagini hit Rays outfielder Steven Souza in the seventh inning of Saturday’s game. Souza was forced to leave the game and underwent an X-ray, which came back negative. He was held out of Sunday’s lineup. Biagini’s pitch did not appear to be intentional.
The Jays won Sunday’s contest 3-1 with no further incident. The two clubs meet again in Tampa for a three-game series starting on May 5, so we’ll see if Sunday was the last of the bad blood between them.