The Tampa Bay Times reports that Kristen Eck, the former fiancee of Rays catcher Derek Norris, will meet with Major League Baseball officials next week in the wake of her allegations of physical and emotional abuse by Norris.
As we posted the other day, Eck alleges that in October of 2015 Norris placed her in a chokehold, pulled her hair and then grabbed her by her arms during an argument following Eck’s discovery of Norris having a late night telephone call with another woman. Eck wrote about the incident on her personal blog and on her Instagram account earlier this week.
MLB’s domestic violence policy, which took effect two months before the alleged incident, does not require an arrest, criminal charges or a criminal conviction to result in discipline from the league.
Clayton Kershaw had nothing left to prove when he exited the mound during his last Cactus League start on Friday. He finished camp with a 0.00 ERA, made all the more impressive after he extended his scoreless streak to 21 1/3 innings following 6 2/3 frames of one-hit ball against the Royals.
In six spring training starts this year, the Dodgers southpaw racked up 12 hits, four walks and 23 strikeouts. His velocity appeared to fluctuate between the high-80s and low-90s from start to start, but manager Dave Roberts told reporters that he expects Kershaw to get back up to the 93 m.p.h. range next week. Kershaw is tabbed for his eighth consecutive Opening Day start on Thursday.
The 30-year-old lefty is poised to enter his 11th season with the club in 2018. He went 18-4 in 27 starts last year and turned in a 2.31 ERA, 1.5 BB/9 and 10.4 SO/9 over 175 innings. He suffered his fair share of bumps and bruises along the way, including a lower back strain that required a five-week stay on the disabled list.
The Dodgers will open their season against the Giants on Thursday, March 29 at 7:08 PM ET. Given the sudden rash of injuries that hit the Giants’ rotation earlier today, Kershaw’s Opening Day opponent has not yet been announced.