Giants starter Mike Leake is on schedule to return from the disabled list and start against the Cardinals in St. Louis on Tuesday, Bruce Jenkins of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Leake has been sidelined since August 3 due to a strained left hamstring suffered after his Giants debut on August 2 against the Rangers. He went 6 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and two walks with five strikeouts.
Leake came over to the Giants from the Reds in a trade on July 30 that sent first baseman Adam Duvall and minor league pitcher Keury Mella to Cincinnati. Prior to the trade, Leake had made 21 starts for the Reds, posting a 3.56 ERA with a 90/34 K/BB ratio in 136 2/3 innings.
Leake, 27, will be eligible for free agency after the season. He’s earning $9.775 million for the 2015 season.
Fellow second basemen Javier Baez of the Cubs and D.J. LeMahieu of the Rockies got into a disagreement in the top of the third inning of Sunday’s game at Coors Field over sign-stealing.
LeMahieu reached on a fielder’s choice ground out, then advanced to second base on Charlie Blackmon‘s single. While Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story were batting, Baez was concerned that LeMahieu was relaying the Cubs’ signs to his teammates. Baez decided to stand in front of LeMahieu to block any information he might have been giving to Arenado and Story. LeMahieu got irritated and the two jawed at each other for a bit. Umpires Vic Carapazza and Greg Gibson had to intervene to tell Baez to knock it off.
There has always been a back-and-forth with alleged sign-stealing. As long as teams aren’t using technology to steal signs, it’s fair game for players to relay information to their teammates about the opposing team’s signs. Last year, MLB determined the Red Sox went against the rules and used technology — an Apple watch in this case — to steal signs from the Yankees. Other teams in the past have been accused of using binoculars from the bullpen to steal signs. In this particular case with Baez and LeMahieu, there was no foul play going on, just Baez trying to make the Rockies cede what he perceived to be their slight competitive advantage.
The Cubs went on to beat the Rockies 9-7 on Sunday.