On September 5, Ron Washington abruptly resigned from the Texas Rangers. He gave no explanation apart from citing “an off-the-field personal matter.” He just spoke to the press in Dallas and explained why he resigned. Sort of.
Washington said “I was not true to my wife, after 42 years.” He said nothing more as far as explanation. He said “I made a mistake, and I’m embarrassed. More than I’ve ever been in my life.” He added that “when you put yourself in situations, you own it,” and said he apologized to his wife and wanted to apologize “to those I disappointed,” including his players, his coaches, Major League Baseball and the Texas Rangers.
He added, “All I ask is for your forgiveness and your understanding.” He further asked that his privacy be respected. He said the matter was “certainly personal,” and that “we’re trying to put it behind us.” He said “Today I’m at a very low time in my life.” Washington took no questions.
To put it plainly: Ron Washington is not the first and will not be the last person in baseball to cheat on his wife. None, that I am aware of, resigned for it. One has to assume that there is more to this story.
The Cubs announced on Wednesday that pitcher Brett Anderson was activated from the 60-day disabled list and subsequently designated for assignment to open up a spot on the 40-man roster.
Anderson, 29, had been out since May 7 with a lower back strain. Across six starts prior to the injury, the lefty yielded 20 earned runs on 34 hits and 12 walks with 16 strikeouts in 22 innings. He has logged just 33 1/3 innings over the last two seasons and has crossed the 50-inning threshold just since dating back to 2011.
Despite his lengthy injury history, Anderson will likely still draw some interest once he becomes a free agent as he throws with his left hand and can be had for the major league minimum salary.
Reds infielder Dilson Herrera will undergo surgery to remove bone spurs from his right shoulder. His season is over.
Herrera, you may recall, was acquired from the Mets in the Jay Bruce trade last year. He played in 49 games for the Mets, but spent all of last year and this year in the minors. In parts of seven minor league seasons he’s hit .295/.357/.461 with 67 homers and 87 stolen bases in 631 games.
Herrera, one time a top-5 prospect of the Mets, was expected to play in the bigs this year, but hasn’t. He was expected to challenge for the starting second base job for the Reds next year, but that’s obviously in doubt now. The worst part: he’ll be out of minor league options next year, so the Reds will be pressured to either put him on the big league roster fresh off an injury or else risk losing him via waivers, which I suspect he’d be unlikely to clear.