Earlier, following Derek Norris’ denial of his ex-fiancee’s domestic violence accusation, I said that we’re not likely to hear any more about this until MLB completes its investigation. That’s not the case. This afternoon his ex-fiancee, Kristen Eck, wrote a blog post recounting the specifics of the incident she first alluded to on her Instagram page.
The short version: Eck alleges that, on the night of October 20, 2015, she woke up to find Norris on the phone with another woman. Eck took the phone away from Norris to try to confront the other woman over the phone. Norris, she claims, approached her from behind and put her in a choke hold. Then, she alleges, when she tried to get away, he grabbed her by the back of her hair to pull her back to him and then held her by her upper arms as “he tried to drunkenly explain that he wasn’t talking to another female.”
Eck says she went to her parents’ house after that and returned to the home she shared with Norris a week later. By then, she says, the relationship had changed and she fell into depression and anxiety. Eventually, the relationship ended. Eck concludes by saying that she is sharing her story now in order to send a message to other victims of domestic violence that they are not alone.
This is certainly escalating in a very public way.
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported on Sunday that the Brewers claimed catcher Stephen Vogt off waivers from the Athletics. Vogt was designated for assignment by the Athletics on Thursday.
Vogt, 32, was an All-Star in each of the last two seasons, but struggled this year. He hit .217/.287/.357 with four home runs and 20 RBI in 174 plate appearances.
With the Brewers, Vogt will likely split time behind the plate with Manny Pina. Meanwhlie, the Athletics’ catching situation will be handled by Josh Phegley and Bruce Maxwell.
Astros’ left-hander Dallas Keuchel might not return to the rotation before the All-Star break, Houston manager A.J. Hinch told reporters prior to Sunday’s game. The club placed their star southpaw on the 10-day disabled list on June 8, retroactive to June 5, after a nerve issue was revealed in his neck.
Keuchel has taken a conservative approach to his recovery over the last several weeks, and while he appears to have made some progress, still has yet to throw off the mound. The injury interrupted the start of an outstanding run with the Astros, during which the 29-year-old lefty furnished a 9-0 record with a 1.67 ERA, 2.1 BB/9 and 8.2 SO/9 through his first 75 2/3 innings of 2017.
According to Hinch, it’s certainly possible that Keuchel could return to the team sometime within the next two weeks, but it’s clear that the team would prefer to play it extra safe with their ace. Even assuming that he feels ready to reclaim his spot on the Astros’ pitching staff, he still needs to complete a few key activities before competing in another game — like throwing off a mound, for example. In the meantime, Lance McCullers Jr. will continue to head Houston’s rotation as they try to build on their 12.5-game lead in the AL West.
Hinch’s full comments are below: