There was some drama in last night’s game between the Rays and Athletics and I’m not just talking about what was happening on the field. You see, Rays closer Fernando Rodney somehow got locked in the dugout bathroom in the eighth inning and had to be rescued. Seriously.
According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Rodney was stuck in the bathroom for about 15 minutes. Here’s the account from the unfortunate victim:
“The door locked, I don’t know how,” he said. “I’m yelling, “Hey unlock this, someone’s in the bathroom.” … It was hot inside, I could only hear the crowd with the game, I can’t see what’s going on. …
“It was weird.”
You can watch the video of the rescue below:
The rescue occurred in the middle of a game-tying rally in the top of the eighth inning while the Athletics took the lead back in the next half-inning, so naturally Rays manager Joe Maddon said after the game that “we should have kept him in there.”
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.