The details and reasoning is not yet being reported, but apparently the judge in the Jim Leyritz criminal trial has just ordered that one of the two manslaughter charges against Leyritz be dropped. I never looked at the actual charges against him, but apparently there were two distinct manslaughter charges, one being a lesser-included offense of the other. The jury — who is expected to get the case today — can still consider the lesser included offense.
This may not get Leyrtiz off the hook, but it certainly suggests that the prosecutors have either (a) brought a flawed case to trial; or (b) have badly bungled it.
Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that reliever Shawn Tolleson is retiring from baseball. The right-hander experienced a setback in his recovery from Tommy John surgery last week.
Tolleson, who turns 31 years old on Saturday, last pitched in the majors in 2016. He had two very good years out of the bullpen for the Rangers in 2014-15, posting an aggregate 2.88 ERA with 145 strikeouts and 45 walks across 144 innings.
Tolleson signed a one-year deal with the Rays in January 2017 before undergoing Tommy John surgery several months later. The Rangers inked him to a minor league contract in December 2017, but he wasn’t able to work his way back.