The Diamondbacks placed outfielder Cody Ross on the 15-day disabled list today, one day after he dislocated his right hip while running to first base and had to be carted off the field.
The injury immediately looked quite serious and Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers confirmed on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM today that he will likely miss the rest of the season. While it’s a tough blow for second-place Arizona, they have quite a bit of outfield depth with Gerardo Parra, Adam Eaton, Gerardo Parra, and A.J. Pollock in-house. Martin Prado could see more playing time in left field once Eric Chavez comes off the disabled list.
Ross, who joined the Diamondbacks over the winter on a three-year, $26 million contract, is batting .278/.331/.413 with eight home runs and 38 RBI through 94 games this season. The 32-year-old was especially hot recently, hitting .350 with three homers and a .968 OPS since the All-Star break.
UPDATE: Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic that Ross is likely to have surgery tomorrow. There’s no clear timetable on his return yet, but Gibson said he’s hoping to have him back for spring training, so it sounds like a return this year can be ruled out.
Athletics president Dave Kaval is ready to take full advantage of the interleague series between the Giants and A’s this season. While the two teams customarily play a few preseason “Battle of the Bay” games each year, they’re also scheduled to meet each other six times during the regular season; once for a three-game set in San Francisco, then for a three-game set in Oakland. On Saturday, Kaval announced that any Giants fans looking to park at the Coliseum this year will be charged $50 instead of the standard, general admission $30 — an additional “rivalry fee” that can be easily waived by shouting, “Go A’s!” at the gate.
This isn’t the first time that a major-league team has tried to keep rival fans at bay, though Kaval doesn’t seem all that intent on actually driving fans away from the ballpark. Back in 2012, the Nationals staged a “Take Back the Park” campaign after people began complaining that Phillies fans were overtaking Nationals Park during rivalry games. They limited a single-series presale of Nats-Phillies tickets to buyers within Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia in hopes of filling the stands with a few more friendly faces. Washington COO Andy Feffer told the press that while he would treat all guests with “respect and courtesy,” he wanted Phillies fans to feel irked enough to pay attention to the Nationals. In the end, things went… well, a little south for all involved.
Whether the Giants are planning any retaliatory measures has yet to be seen, but it’s not as if this is going to be an enforceable rule. The real travesty here, if you’re an A’s fan or just pretending to be one, is that the parking fees have increased from $20 to $30 this season. Unless you’re a season ticket holder with a prepaid $10 parking permit, it’s far better to brave the crowds and take advantage of local public transportation. There are bound to be far fewer irate Giants fans on BART than at the gates — even if the gag only lasts a few days out of the year.