When the Yankees signed Chris Carter it suggested that either first baseman Greg Bird or Tyler Austin would lose some playing time. It’s unclear what the plan might’ve been if all three of these guys were healthy, but now the Yankees needn’t worry themselves about it because Austin has gone and broke his foot.
He did it while taking batting practice, smacking a ball off of his foot. It’s a small break but will keep him in a boot for three weeks and away from baseball activities for six weeks. Which is basically all of spring training.
Austin, 25, got a cup of coffee with the Yankees last year, hitting .241/.300/.458 with five homers in 31 games.
The Kansas City Star reports that the toxicology report on Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura won’t be released to the public following his death last month in a car crash in the Dominican Republic. The findings only will be released to Ventura’s family and attorneys.
The family gets it because they’re family. The public does not get it because, under the law of the Dominican Republic, they are not public documents. The attorneys get it because the Royals will likely be able to avoid paying his estate the remaining $20.25 million left on Ventura’s contract if it is determined that he was driving while intoxicated at the time of his accident. A contract provision, it is said, voids his deal under such circumstances. If that were to happen, one suspects that Ventura’s family would threaten and possibly file a lawsuit.
All of this will likely take months and possibly years to sort out.
At present, the home team takes batting practice first followed by the visitors. Major League Baseball is considering changing that order, however.
The reason: if the home team takes BP second, perhaps more fans of the local nine will show up early to watch BP and will then buy beer and hot dogs and foam fingers and all of that jazz. As it is now, if you want to see the home team take BP, you have to kill a lot more time at the ballpark while the bad guys from another city take their hacks, and that might deter you from bothering.
As Joel Sherman notes in his story about it at the Post, there is a bit of hitch to the plan: it would require the visiting team to show up to the park even earlier than they already do, making for a longer day when they’re already away from home. One would think, however, that being able to show up later when you’re at home, giving players a bit more time with the wife and kids, would make up for it.
Who knows. Worth watching, though.