We talked about Manny Machado’s . . . displeasure with the Boston Red Sox last night. Displeasure driven by the fact that, for whatever reason, Red Sox pitchers are still throwing at him over a little baserunning beef that should’ve been in the rear-view mirror by now. But it apparently isn’t, as Chris Sale decided to throw behind Machado early in last night’s game against the Orioles.
Machado would later homer, which one thinks might help bring some resolution to all of this, but after the game was over it was still sticking in his craw. As was the F-word. A lot of F-words were in Machado’s craw too. Watch:
Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale made a hasty exit from his final Grapefruit League outing on Saturday after sustaining a left hip contusion. He was struck on the leg with a line drive from the Astros’ J.D. Davis in the first inning and immediately collapsed on the mound. He was able to walk off the field without a noticeable limp, however, and later told reporters that the ball struck a nerve and temporarily stunned his leg. As a precautionary move, the Red Sox pulled him after the incident and will have the left-hander undergo X-rays to rule out any further injury to his hip.
This was expected to be Sale’s last start of spring training. Prior to Saturday’s matinee against the Astros, the 28-year-old southpaw made three starts in camp, allowing five runs, one home run, three walks and striking out 18 batters in 14 innings. He’s still on track to start the season for the Red Sox during their road opener against the Rays next Thursday.