Aroldis Chapman’s minor-league rehab assignment wasn’t exactly smooth sailing, but after a maximum 30-day stint recovering from shoulder inflammation (and control problems) the Reds have activated him from the disabled list.
Chapman allowed 12 runs in 13 innings between Double-A and Triple-A, but did post a strong 20/8 K/BB ratio and threw a scoreless inning in each of his final two appearances.
Prior to landing on the DL in mid-May he had a 6.92 ERA and more walks (20) than strikeouts (15) in 13 innings for the Reds, walking 12 of the last 19 batters he faced before the Reds mercifully shut him down. Presumably he’ll be eased back into the bullpen mix with some low-leverage outings, because he may not be out of the woods yet.
Ichiro wore a fake mustache to sneak into the Mariners’ dugout
Ichiro Suzuki is now a Mariners employee and, as such, he’s not allowed to sit in the dugout during a game. That’s for coaches and players only.
He knows that, too. Indeed, on the day Ichiro announced his sorta-retirement, he talked about how it was going to be hard not to be down on the field with the other players. He even made a ridiculous joke about how, “[he] can’t say for certain that maybe [he] won’t put on a beard and glasses and be like Bobby Valentine and be in the dugout.”
In related news, this mysterious stranger was seen by an Associated Press photographer in the Mariners dugout during the first couple of innings of the M’s-Yankees game:
No beard, but I guess that joke was not very ridiculous after all. Either way, by the end of the second inning — poof — he was gone.
Obviously, when something interesting like this happens you mustache an expert for their opinion on the matter. To that end, the Associated Press reached Bobby Valentine, who famously did the same thing after an ejection way back in 1999, for comment:
“He was perfect. I never would have known it was him.”
Valentine was suspended for two games and fined $5,000. I’m assuming Ichiro won’t get hit quite as hard given that he wasn’t defying an umpire’s authority, but even if he does have to pay a fine, he’ll likely do so willingly.