Here’s something you don’t see very often. Reds manager Bryan Price was ejected before today’s game against the Indians even started. Really.
Price was exchanging lineup cards before he got into it with second base umpire Jim Reynolds, who ejected him. Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer speculates that it was carryover from a gripe he had last night when the Reds lost 7-3 in the series opener. Or perhaps Reynolds asked about the availability of Devin Mesoraco. One or the other.
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The Reds have lost six games in a row and sit at 18-23 on the year.
Justin Verlander is ready to take the next step in his long road back from a right triceps strain, as Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that he’s scheduled to throw a simulated game on Tuesday in Oakland.
Verlander originally injured his triceps in spring training and had a setback while attempting to throw a simulated game last month. He resumed throwing earlier this month and felt good after going through an extended bullpen session Thursday at Comerica Park.
The Tigers aren’t going to look too far ahead given how things played out after the last time he tried to throw a simulated game, but a minor league rehab assignment might not be far off if things go according to plan.
UPDATE: Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports that Wright has been diagnosed with stenosis, which is a narrowing of the spinal column. That doesn’t sound good. In fact, the condition has forced some athletes into early retirement. The Mets believe that the injury will heal, but there’s no timetable. They probably can’t count on him anytime soon.
2:50 p.m. ET: Rough news for the Mets here, as Marc Carig of New York Newsday reports that David Wright has been shut down for another week due to continued back issues.
Wright originally landed on the disabled list in mid-April with a strained right hamstring, but he began having lower back pain while rehabbing the injury earlier this month. As of yesterday, the Mets were hoping that he would be rehab for minor league rehab games next week, but that plan will go on the backburner until he begins to show improvement.
Eric Campbell is currently filling in for Wright at third base, but he’s batting just .197/.323/.303 over 24 games. The Mets have been struggling to score runs for quite a while now and one wonders how much longer they can stand pat without making some sort of move to improve their offense.