Author: D.J. Short

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Trevor Bauer scratched from start due to illness


According to Jordan Bastian of, 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.

Suspensions announced for Thursday’s brawl between the White Sox and Royals

Kansas City Royals v Chicago White Sox

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 that Sale and Samardzija will appeal their suspensions.

Video: Nelson Cruz hits 459-foot blast for MLB-leading ninth home run

Minnesota Twins v Seattle Mariners

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.

Chris Sale tried to go into the Royals’ clubhouse after Thursday’s benches-clearing brawl

Kansas City Royals v Chicago White Sox

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, 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.

Yasiel Puig leaves game after aggravating hamstring injury

Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig missed four games last week with a left hamstring injury and he was forced to leave last night’s game against the Padres after aggravating the injury.

It was an eventful night for Puig, who was hit in the left leg by a pitch in the first inning. He remained in the game, but then pulled up lame after grounding out to lead off the sixth inning and was removed. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told Ken Gurnick of that Puig will be re-evaluated on Saturday, but he didn’t rule out the possibility of a stint on the disabled list.

“The DL is always on the table” when dealing with a re-injury, Mattingly said. “As of right now, there’s not much more we can do tonight.”

The Dodgers need to call up a starter for Sunday, so we could see a move soon. Andre Ethier, Scott Van Slyke, and the hot-hitting Alex Guerrero are all options to fill in for Puig.