Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins have activated shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria from the 10-day disabled list and optioned shortstop J.T. Riddle to Triple-A New Orleans.
Hechavarria, 28, was dealing with a strained left oblique. He went on the DL batting .200/.238/.200 in his first 21 plate appearances.
Riddle, 25, hit a meager .143/.133/.357 in 17 plate appearances covering for Hechavarria. He did have a couple of cool moments, including getting his first major league hit on a check-swing on a pitch in the dirt and notching his first major league home run with a walk-off.
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that talks between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players’ Association concerning pace of play changes have stalled, which makes it more likely that commissioner Rob Manfred unilaterally implements the changes he seeks. Those changes include a pitch clock and a restriction on catcher mound visits.
Manfred said, “My preferred path is a negotiated agreement with the players. But if we can’t get an agreement, we are going to have rule changes in 2018, one way or the other.”
The players have made several suggestions aimed at reducing the length of games, such as amending replay review rules, strictly monitoring down time between innings, and bringing back bullpen carts.
It is believed that MLB is proposing a pitch clock of 20 seconds. If a pitcher takes too long between pitches, he will have a ball added to the count. If the hitter takes too long, then he will have a strike added to the count.