Tensions were running high last night after Angels right-hander Jered Weaver hit Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager with a pitch. Weaver was annoyed with Seager repeatedly calling timeout in the batter’s box and threw at him on the very next pitch. He was immediately ejected from the ballgame.
Seager said after the game that Weaver “quit on his team” by deciding to throw at him rather than let the issue go and just pitch. Here was Weaver’s rebuttal today:
This is Seager’s fifth season in the majors and Weaver has faced him on 35 occasions. Not to mention that Seager made the All-Star team last year and even won a Gold Glove Award at third base. Nice try, but the whole pretending to not know who someone is thing isn’t going to work in this instance.
Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that MLB is looking into the incident, but that Weaver is unlikely to be suspended. He’s pretty fortunate, if that’s the case.
Well, this is a bummer. According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, Giancarlo Stanton‘s return is on hold once again after tests showed an “abnormal amount” of scar tissue in his surgically-repaired left hand.
Stanton has been sidelined since June 26 due to a fractured hamate bone. The Marlins’ slugger was expected to miss around 4-6 weeks after surgery, but progress has been slow and doctors in New York this week told him that the strength’s “not there” in his hand. So sad. It’s like Superman without his powers in the diner fight scene in “Superman II.”
Stanton is not expected to take batting practice again until Saturday, but he still hasn’t given up hope on returning this season. However, the calendar is obviously working against him.
The Athletics came back to beat the White Sox 4-2 this afternoon on the strength of a go-ahead three-run homer from Billy Butler in the top of the ninth inning. However, it almost didn’t happen.
Watch as right fielder Avisail Garcia makes an excellent leaping grab before losing the ball upon impact with the fence…
Brutal stuff for the White Sox. Butler should at least write Garcia a thank you note or something. It’s the polite thing to do.