UPDATE: Zobrist confirmed to Joe Stiglich of CSNBayArea.com that he will have knee surgery. He’s hoping to be back in 4-6 weeks.
1:01 p.m. ET: Ben Zobrist was back in the Athletics’ starting lineup last night for the first time since Sunday, but he didn’t feel right and has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with what is being termed as a left medial meniscus tear.
Zobrist received a cortisone shot in the knee earlier this week and hoped to play through the injury, but he hinted at the possibility of surgery if it wasn’t successful. As Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle notes, typical recovery time for a cleanup procedure is about 3-6 weeks. That wouldn’t be too bad under the circumstances, but he’ll be missed in Oakland’s lineup.
The A’s called up infielder Max Muncy from Triple-A Nashville to take Zobrist’s place on the active roster while left-hander Eury De La Rosa was designated for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.
According to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer was a late-scratch from his scheduled start against the Tigers this afternoon due to illness. TJ House will start in his place.
Bauer attempted to do some long-tossing during warm-ups, but just didn’t feel up to it. It’s unclear when he’ll pitch next. Carlos Carrasco was pulled after five innings during his most recent start due to “general tightness,” but he’s currently lined up to go tomorrow.
Bauer has thrived despite control issues early this season, posting a 0.95 ERA with 26 strikeouts and 11 walks in 19 innings across his first three starts.
Six players have been suspended as a result of Thursday’s benches-clearing brawl between the White Sox and Royals. Here are the details from MLB:
From the Royals:
Yordano Ventura: Seven-game suspension
Edinson Volquez: Five-game suspension
Lorenzo Cain: Two-game suspension
Kelvin Herrera: Two-game suspension
From the White Sox:
Chris Sale: Five-game suspension
Jeff Samardzija: Five-game suspension
All of the players listed above also received an undisclosed fine, but a five-game suspension for a starting pitcher isn’t much of a punishment. While Tyler Flowers was not suspended, he was fine an undisclosed amount. Interestingly, no punishment for Adam Eaton. Assuming the suspensions aren’t appealed, they would begin Sunday.
UPDATE: White Sox general manager Rick Hahn told Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com that Sale and Samardzija will appeal their suspensions.
Nelson Cruz just keeps on mashing for the Mariners. Check out this 459-foot blast off Twins right-hander Phil Hughes last night which landed in the second deck in the left field seats:
According to Statcast, the ball traveled off his bat at 113 mph. After leading the majors with 40 home runs last season, Cruz is out in front once again with nine over his first 16 games. He also leads MLB with 18 RBI and a .766 slugging percentage.
Five players were ejected after Thursday’s benches-clearing brawl between the White Sox and Royals, but there was also some drama behind the scenes.
According to Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com, White Sox left-hander Chris Sale tried to go into the Royals’ clubhouse after the fracas, apparently in an attempt to confront Yordano Ventura. Alex Rios, formerly of the White Sox, managed to play peacekeeper.
“All emotions are running high at that point,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “I just found out about it. You got to have a conversation and you move on from there. Luckily, cooler heads prevailed and nothing happened.”
Watch Sale discuss the situation prior to last night’s game:
As a result of the benches-clearing incident, Sale and Jeff Samardzija were ejected from the White Sox while Ventura, Lorenzo Cain, and Edinson Volquez were ejected from the Royals. We should see some suspensions come down soon.