Author: D.J. Short

Pittsburgh Pirates v Cincinnati Reds

Reds manager Bryan Price goes on profanity-laden tirade against media


This from Reds manager Bryan Price is not a good look at all. According to C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Price went on a five-minute, 34-second profanity-laden tirade in his media session prior to tonight’s game against the Brewers.

At issue was that Price didn’t want to share information to the media which the opposition could use to their advantage. In this case, he was talking about a report that Devin Mesoraco was away from the team on Sunday and unavailable as a pinch-hitter. He was also upset that word leaked out that Mesoraco and Tucker Barnhart were on the same flight to St. Louis last Friday before Price got a chance to tell Kyle Skipworth he was being sent to the minors.

By Rosecrans’ count, there “were 77 uses of the “F” word or a variant and 11 uses of a vulgar term for feces (two bovine, one equine).” Best description ever. Below is just a sample of Price’s rant, but be sure to read the whole thing:

“BP: Your job is not to sniff out every f****** thing is about the Reds and f****** put it out there for every other f****** guy to hear. It’s not your job. You want me to be candid with you? I’ve been candid with you. I f****** talk to you guys like men, I tell you what the f***’s going on with the team, I tell you how I’m feeling as candidly as I can and then this s***? You’ve got to watch this f****** s***? I’ve got to f****** read that on a f****** Tweet on our own people in here that we don’t have a f****** player? How the f*** does that benefit the Reds? It doesn’t benefit us one f****** bit. God **** we try to go out there and win f****** games and I got to come in here and then you guys f****** blow it all over the f****** place? Who we can play? Who we can’t? I’ll tell you what you want to know, I’m not going to f****** lie to you. I didn’t tell you f****** s***.”

I’d say that Rosecrans is doing his job pretty well, actually. As for Price, well…

UPDATE: You can listen to the (edited) audio of Price’s rant here. (The link has since been taken down)

Cubs-Pirates delayed for 23 minutes after fan hit by foul ball behind home plate

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UPDATE: More good news here in this latest update:

8:26 p.m. ET: Play has resumed in Pittsburgh after a delay of 23 minutes.

The fan was taken away on a stretcher and the early word is encouraging. Here’s hoping for more good news:

8:21 p.m. ET: Tonight’s Cubs-Pirates game is currently in a delay after a woman was hit in the back of the head by a foul ball in the top of the second inning.

The accident occurred right behind home plate as the fan appeared to be getting back into her seat. As Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review notes, the ball didn’t go through the netting behind home plate, but the woman was close enough to it that she was still struck. She is currently getting medical attention.

We’ll pass along more information when we have it.

Nolan Arenado scratched from Monday’s lineup with wrist soreness

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This isn’t what Rockies fans want to hear. According to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post, Nolan Arenado was a late scratch from tonight’s lineup against the Padres due to a sore left wrist.

It’s unclear how long Arenado’s wrist has been an issue, but the Rockies are calling him day-to-day for now. Rafael Ynoa made the start at third base in his place.

Arenado took a step forward offensively in 2014 while winning his second straight Gold Glove Award for his fantastic defense at the hot corner. The 24-year-old is off to a great start this season, batting .311/.380/.644 with three home runs and 10 RBI across his first 50 plate appearances.

Ben Zobrist to rest for a couple of days after getting cortisone shot in knee

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Ben Zobrist left Sunday’s game due to left knee soreness and Joe Stiglich of reports that he’ll miss at least another couple of days after receiving a cortisone shot.

Zobrist said an MRI showed no ligament damage in the knee, but he does have cartilage issues. He won’t rule out the possibility of surgery if the knee doesn’t respond, but it would likely just be a cleanup procedure. He’s still hoping to avoid that, though. At the very least, he might change the way he slides to protect the knee.

Zobrist, who was acquired from the Rays in January, is batting .267 (12-for-45) with one home run, eight RBI, and a .764 OPS over his first 12 games this season.

Justin Verlander undergoes MRI which confirms triceps strain

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Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander had to cut a simulated game short last Wednesday and he’s currently in shutdown mode due to continued soreness in his throwing arm. While Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said yesterday that there were no plans for Verlander to undergo further tests, team trainer Kevin Rand told James Schmehl of today that he actually had an MRI last Thursday which confirmed the original diagnosis of a right triceps strain.

Verlander didn’t undergo an MRI after initially suffering the injury in late March, but Rand defended the decision by saying that they “waited until we felt we needed to.”

“When he wasn’t able to make a step that we wanted, that’s when we decided to dive into some testing at that point in time,” Rand said. “Because it gave us a little bit more concern. But it turned out everything was as we expected from the beginning.”

The Tigers will just have to play the waiting game with Verlander for now. Their starters have been pretty good without him, though. Coming into Monday’s action, they ranked second in the majors behind the Cardinals with a 2.48 ERA.