Author: Craig Calcaterra

Police Blotter

An Indians minor leaguer was suspended for amphetamines


Today is the pitchers and catchers report day for the Cleveland Indians. So getting suspended today is like getting suspended on the first day of school:

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Cleveland Indians Minor League right-handed pitcher Tyler Sturdevant has received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Amphetamine, a stimulant in violation ofthe Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Sturdevant is on the Triple-A roster, which means he’ll likely play in Columbus when he comes back. In the meantime, Tyler, if you’re looking to hang out in Columbus call me, dude. I know you’ll have a lot of time on your hands.

Hiroki Kuroda says his years in the majors were “tougher than they were enjoyable”

Hiroki Kuroda Getty

Hiroki Kuroda pitched for the Dodgers and the Yankees for several years, and pitched pretty darn well for a lot of those years. But upon his return to Japan, he is not remembering those years as particularly wonderful:

A simple question about how he viewed his time in the major leagues prompted him to drop a verbal bomb in his response.

“To sum it up in one word, it was ‘tough,'” Kuroda said in the news conference. “In a situation in which I didn’t understand the language and battled to make it through the season, the seven years were — including physically — tougher than they were enjoyable.”

Kuroda, 40, will pitch for the Hiroshima Carp this season. Here’s hoping he enjoys himself a bit more now that he’s back home.

Miguel Cabrera has been cleared for “limited baseball activity”

Miguel Cabrera

Health update on Miguel Cabrera:

Cue that weirdo on Twitter who thinks we hate Cabrera for the suggestion that anything he does is “limited.”

Cabrera, of course, is rehabbing from surgery to remove bone spurs from his right ankle and repair a stress fracture in his foot. With him being cleared, at least on a limited basis, the Tigers’ optimistic assessment of his time table — that he will be ready for Opening Day or soon thereafter — is still theoretically in play.

UPDATE:  The Tigers are saying as much: