Marlins pitching prospect Andrew Heaney allowed five more runs over 3 2/3 innings in Saturday afternoon’s start against the Cardinals, bumping his ERA up to 6.53 over four starts spanning 20 2/3 innings. As a result, the Marlins have optioned him back to Triple-A New Orleans, the team announced.
Heaney, 23, was rated the #29 overall prospect by MLB.com and #30 by Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus entering the season. He had a good major league debut, holding the Mets to one run over six innings, but followed that up by allowing five runs to the Phillies and four to the Athletics prior to Saturday’s start.
The Marlins made some additional roster moves as well, reinstating starter Tom Koehler from the paternity leave list and activating shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria from the disabled list. Outfielder Jake Marisnick was optioned back to Triple-A New Orleans.
WEEI’s Rob Bradford reports that Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright has been arrested on domestic assault charges. Bradford posted a screenshot that says Wright was arrested on Friday evening and released Saturday morning. Along with domestic assault, Wright was also charged with prevention of a 911 call.
The Red Sox released a statement, which Bradford also provides:
We are aware of the incident involving Steven. This is certainly a matter that the Red Sox take very seriously. It is my understanding that both local police and MLB are looking into this and for that reason, the club won’t have any further comment at this time.
Wright’s lawyer, Alex Little, released a statement on behalf of the Wright family. Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston has that:
On Friday night, Steven was arrested at our home following a verbal argument, and the police charged him with domestic assault. Although he said things he deeply regrets, he did not raise his hand at anyone during the incident, and the situation was purely emotional. We are working together as a family to make our relationships stronger, and we ask that you respect our privacy as we do so.
Wright, 33, made only five starts in 2017 due to knee problems. He had season-ending surgery in May. Over parts of five seasons, the knuckleballer owns a 3.97 ERA in 287 2/3 innings.
Wright can be punished by Major League Baseball even if the charges end up dismissed. Victims of domestic abuse often don’t pursue legal action against their attackers and don’t cooperate with authorities for various reasons, including fear of revenge. We saw this with the Aroldis Chapman incident. He was still suspended 30 games.