Carlos Gomez was suspended for three games as part of the Easter brawl with the Pirates, but the Brewers center fielder appealed and has been playing since.
Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Gomez will officially go in front of MLB and appeal the suspension Monday, with a ruling expected to follow shortly after that. So he’ll either have the suspension reduced or it’ll stay at three games, and either way he’ll have to begin serving it next week.
While awaiting his appeal hearing Gomez has played 10 games, hitting .262 with two homers, four doubles, three steals, and an .840 OPS while the Brewers have gone 6-4.
The Fernando Rodney Experience hasn’t been a good one for the Twins thus far. The veteran closer served up three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to the Yankees on Thursday afternoon, erasing a 4-1 lead and blowing his third save in five opportunities.
In the ninth, Didi Gregorius reached on a throwing error by Miguel Sano. Giancarlo Stanton then singled, and Gary Sanchez followed up with a walk-off three-run home run.
Rodney, 41, now sports a 6.75 ERA on the year. He inked a one-year, $4.5 million contract with the Twins back in December. The club has an option for next year worth $4.25 million. If things keep going the way they’re going, the Twins aren’t going to want to pick up that option.
The Twins may even want to think about moving Ryan Pressly or Addison Reed into the closer’s role, even if just temporarily. Pressly has been terrific, tossing 13 scoreless innings with 18 strikeouts. Reed has a 2.25 ERA with 12 strikeouts in 12 innings.