Author: D.J. Short

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 5: People gather where a woman was seriously injured by a broken base bat during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park on June 5, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Fan hit by broken bat at Fenway Park leaves hospital, transferred to rehab facility


Another encouraging update here on 44-year-old Tonya Carpenter, the fan who suffered what was initially described as life-threatening injuries when she was struck in the head by a piece of a broken bat last Friday at Fenway Park.

According to Alec Shirkey of, a hospital spokeswoman said that Carpenter was discharged from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center on Friday and transferred to a rehabilitation facility. After being listed in serious condition last weekend, Carpenter was upgraded to fair condition on Monday and good condition on Thursday.

Beth Israel neurosurgeon Dr. Efstathios Papavassiliou released the following statement Friday afternoon regarding Carpenter’s condition:

“Ms. Carpenter’s recovery so far has been excellent,” Papavassiliou said. “She’s getting stronger every day, and we’ve seen tremendous progress. We’re confident she’s ready to move forward with the next phase of her care.”

Great to hear.

Video: Ken Giles has heated exchange with Ryne Sandberg and Bob McClure in Phillies dugout

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One day after Red Sox manager John Farrell and left-hander Wade Miley had an argument in the dugout, we saw something similar with the Phillies last night. Watch below as reliever Ken Giles got into it with manager Ryne Sandberg and pitching coach Bob McClure:

This was apparently a difference of opinion on strategy in the eighth inning after Giles committed a throwing error which allowed Josh Harrison to move to second base with two outs. He was instructed to intentionally walk Pedro Alvarez in order to pitch to Francisco Cervelli, but was visibly frustrated with the decision. After giving Alvarez the free pass, he walked Cervelli to loaded the bases and went 3-0 on Jordy Mercer before battling back to strike him out. He made a gesture toward the dugout as he was walking off the mound, which set the stage for the confrontation.

According to Nate Barnes of, Sandberg attempted to downplay the incident after the game while also gently saying that Giles was out of line:

“Everything’s taken care of in-house,” Sandberg said. “Everything’s fine.”

But in a 0-0 game, the coaching staff didn’t take too kindly to Giles’ ill-timed antics.

“I do like to have players with emotions,” Sandberg said. “There’s a time and a place and a situation to show that.”

The Phillies ended up losing 1-0 to the Pirates in 13 innings. Giles was unavailable for comment after the marathon game.

Rangers agree to deal with No. 4 overall pick Dillon Tate

Texas Rangers draft pick UC Santa Barbara pitcher Dillon Tate with his mother Lenora and father Anthony during a news conference at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, on Friday, June 12, 2015. (Rodger Mallison/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
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The Rangers announced Friday that they have agreed to terms with right-hander Dillon Tate, who was selected No. 4 overall out of UC Santa Barbara in this week’s 2015 First-Year Player Draft. The first three picks in the draft were shortstops, so Tate was the first pitcher off the board.

According to Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest, Tate will receive a bonus of $4.2 million. The pool value for the No. 4 pick was $5,026,500, so the savings will allow the Rangers to spend extra on their other picks.

Tate, 21, checks in at 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds and possesses a mid-90s fastball. He just converted to a starter as a junior this year, but Baseball America notes that “he has adjusted to the role well, though, establishing a routine and holding his stuff deep into games and the season.”

Position player pitching alert: Jesus Sucre throws a scoreless inning

HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 12:  Jesus Sucre #2 of the Seattle Mariners pitches in the eighth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on June 12, 2015 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Felix Hernandez had the worst start of his career last night and the Mariners couldn’t get anything going against Brett Oberholtzer, so manager Lloyd McClendon decided to let catcher Jesus Sucre pitch the eighth inning of a lopsided game. He allowed one hit, but only needed seven pitches to get out of the inning and topped out at 90.5 mph according to Brooks Baseball. Not bad at all:

One of my favorite things about position players pitching is that they regularly attempt to act like this is business as usual while fighting off a grin. Sucre was no different.