If you think the Harper-Strickland brawl was bad, get a load of this


Hunter Strickland and Bryce Harper gave us one of our more memorable brawls in recent memory, but there was one that was even more messed up down in the minor leagues over the weekend.

The brawl took place between the West Michigan Whitecaps and the Dayton Dragons of the Class-A Midwest League. It got started when Whitecaps shortstop Danny Pereria appeared to step on the foot of the Dragons’ Jose Siri, who had just stolen second base. Siri got up and shoved Pereria and the benches cleared.

Where it got messed up was when Whitecaps reliever Eduardo Jimenez came onto the field with a baseball in his hand and threw it into the scrum. Watch for the guy in the dark sweatshirt who comes in from the left and unloads near the middle of the frame, with the throw coming at around the 25 second mark:


Pereria and Siri were ejected, but Jimenez was not. He’ll likely be facing a suspension and/or a fine, however, as you . . . just can’t do that.

Carter Capps to undergo surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome

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Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that Padres pitcher Carter Capps will undergo surgery this offseason to address thoracic outlet syndrome, which doctors believe caused the right-hander’s blood clots. The Padres hope to have him ready by spring training next year.

Capps, 27, underwent Tommy John surgery last year and didn’t debut this season until August 7. He made 11 relief appearances, yielding nine runs on 12 hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings. He went back on the DL on September 12 due to the blood clot issue.

The Padres acquired Capps from the Marlins last July in the Andrew Cashner trade which ended up having a lot of moving parts. Capps will enter his third and final year of arbitration eligibility this offseason. It’s quite possible the Padres choose to non-tender him.

Zack Greinke likely to start Wild Card game for Diamondbacks

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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo is considering pushing Zack Greinke‘s next start to this weekend in order to line him up to start the National League Wild Card game on normal rest, Nick Piecoro reports. The D-Backs open up their final series of the season, a three-game set, on Friday against the Royals in Kansas City. Greinke is currently on track to start Wednesday against the Giants and the team has an off day on Thursday.

Robbie Ray has been the Diamondbacks’ best pitcher by several measures, including ERA (2.95) and K/9 (12.3), but Greinke has been quite good himself (3.18) and has nine postseason starts under his belt in his career. He’s acclimated to postseason pressure. The D-Backs also signed Greinke to a $206.5 million contract two years ago, which is likely a factor.

The D-Backs are still waiting to find out which opponent will fly to Arizona for the Wild Card game on October 4. Currently, the Rockies hold a two-game lead over the Brewers and lead the Cardinals by 2.5 games.