Ex-Mets GM Phillips in hot water over affair

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ESPN analyst Steve Phillips has reportedly been suspended by the network after details emerged regarding an admitted affair the married, 46-year-old father of four had with a 22-year-old production assistant.
According to the New York Post, the woman repeatedly contacted Phillips’ children and wife, who has since filed for divorce. In a police statement Phillips expressed “extreme concerns about the health and safety of my kids and myself” while calling the woman “obsessive and delusional.”
Phillips was previously accused of sexual harassment and admitted to multiple extramarital affairs while serving as Mets general manager, taking a leave of absence from the team in 1998 and eventually settling the case out of court. He was fired in 2003 and has worked for ESPN since 2005.

Phillies pause Jerad Eickhoff’s rehab

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Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff hasn’t pitched in the majors yet this season as he suffered a lat injury in mid-March and has been on the disabled list since. He started a rehab stint in the minors last week, making a start for Double-A Reading on May 15 and another start for Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Sunday.

Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports that Eickhoff went a twinge in the fingertips of his right index and middle fingers late in Sunday’s outing after throwing a curve and on the subsequent pitch. The Phillies have paused Eickhoff’s rehab as a result and will evaluate him further.

Eickhoff went on the disabled list in late August last year due to nerve irritation in his right hand, so this latest setback could be related to that.

Eickhoff showed promise early in his career, posting a combined 3.44 ERA in 41 starts between 2015-16. He struggled to a 4.71 ERA last year before ending his season early with the nerve issue. Eickhoff was one of the many prospects the Phillies got from the Rangers in the Cole Hamels trade.