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Mariners demote Edwin Diaz from the closer’s role


Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports that the Mariners have taken Edwin Diaz out of the closer’s role for the time being. Per Divish, Diaz has “some major mechanical issues” and “isn’t able to make in-game adjustments as needed.”

Manager Scott Servais will go with a closer-by-committee, playing match-ups with Nick Vincent, Steve Cishek, Mark Rzepczynski, and Tony Zych.

Diaz has allowed runs in both of his two most recent appearances and in four out of his seven total appearances this month. On the season, he’s 1-2 with seven saves in nine opportunities, a 5.28 ERA, and a 20/10 K/BB ratio in 15 1/3 innings.

Yasmany Tomas arrested for reckless driving and criminal speeding

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KTAR News is reporting that Diamondbacks outfielder Yasmany Tomas was arrested on Thursday morning for driving faster than 100 MPH, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. He was charged with reckless driving and criminal speeding.

The maximum sentence for a criminal speeding charge is up to 30 days in jail and a fine up to $500. It is considered a Class 3 misdemeanor. Tomas may also have his license suspended.

A Diamondbacks spokesperson said, “We are very disappointed to learn of this news. We are still gathering facts, and will refrain from further comment at this time as this is a pending legal matter.”

Tomas, 27, signed a six-year, $68.5 million contract with the Diamondbacks in December 2014 as an amateur free agent out of Cuba. He has mostly disappointed, owning a .769 OPS while playing subpar defense in the outfield as well as at third base, where the club briefly tried him. He battled a groin injury for most of the past season and ultimately underwent core muscle surgery in August.