Craig Calcaterra

CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 04: Ross Ohlendorf #27 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the ninth inning of the game at Great American Ball Park on May 4, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Reds defeated the Giants 7-4. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Ross Ohlendorf, Bryan Price suspended for Ohlendorf throwing at David Freese

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Major League Baseball just announced that Cincinnati Reds pitcher Ross Ohlendorf has received a three-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for intentionally throwing a pitch at David Freese of the Pittsburgh Pirates during Wednesday night’s game.

The game on Wednesday night was kind of a mess of plunkings and ejections. Ohlendorf’s plunking of Freese as the fourth time in the game a Pirates batter had been hit. Two Reds batters had been hit. Warnings had been issued previously. As C. Trent Rosecrans noted in his gamer in the Cincinnati Enquirer the other night, the Reds and Pirates are notorious for throwing at one another in recent years, with pitchers on each team hitting batters on the other 39 times over the past four seasons. Must be something in the air along the Ohio River.

In addition, Reds manager Bryan Price has received a one-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for the intentional actions of Ohlendorf while warnings were in place, which is the price Price has to pay for it happening on his watch. He will sit out tonight, as managers don’t get to appeal. Ohlendorf is appealing his, so he’ll be available if necessary.

 

Johnny Cueto shows off his Happy Gilmore swing

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It’s been an entertaining week in the pitchers batting department. Bartolo Colon‘s homer. Noah Syndergaard‘s two homers. Now we have Johnny Cueto.

Cueto didn’t homer — he didn’t even get a hit – but he definitely took an interesting approach to an at bat in last night’s game against the Diamondbacks. Watch as he takes a running/hopping start at the pitch, Happy Gilmore-style. Sure, he grounded out to third, but at least he makes contact. That’s more than you could do, pal.

Matt Bush called up by the Rangers

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The Rangers are calling up Matt Bush.

Twelve years ago, Bush was drafted No. 1 overall by the San Diego Padres. Then his life spun out of control. He ended up serving three years in prison for running a man down while driving drunk. It was the last of a series of alcohol-related incidents which all but ended Bush’s baseball career before his final accident ultimately did. He was released last fall and signed a minor league deal with the Rangers, subject to serious oversight, including the requirement that his father live with him.

Bush is now 30. He’s also now a reliever. In the early going this season Bush has recorded five saves, 18 strikeouts and four walks in 17 innings with Double-A Frisco. The Rangers obviously feel that his stuff — which was clocked at 95 m.p.h. last fall despite him being out of baseball since 2011 — is good enough to handle the majors. They apparently feel that Bush the person is able to handle it too.

Here’s hoping.