Clayton Richard placed on disabled list with shoulder strain

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The Padres placed left-hander Clayton Richard on the disabled list today with a left shoulder strain, one day after he was pulled from his start against the Giants after five shutout innings.

As Richard told Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune this evening, he’s confident he won’t have to miss significant time.

“It feels better today,” said Richard, who has never been on the disabled list before. “I’ve never been hurt before,” he added.

“It works out with the timetable available to us with the All-Star break. They’re just going to shut me down and left the inflammation calm down.”

There are no immediate plans for Richard to undergo an MRI on the shoulder. He’s eligible to return from the disabled list on July 20 against the Marlins, which falls during the second series following the All-Star break.

Richard, 27, is 5-9 with a 3.88 ERA across 19 starts this season. He has a 2.30 ERA at home compared to a 5.30 ERA on the road. Ah yes, PETCO Park is pretty nice place to hang your hat.

MLB fines and suspends Yasiel Puig two games for Tuesday’s incident with Giants

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Major League Baseball has announced that Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has been fined and suspended two games for his role in Tuesday night’s benches-clearing incident with the Giants.

Puig was upset with himself after fouling off a hittable pitch, tossing his bat up and grabbing it angrily. Catcher Nick Hundley didn’t like Puig’s expression of emotion and had a few words for him. Puig didn’t like what Hundley said and the two got into a shoving match before the benches emptied. Puig was able to get past his teammates attempting to restrain him to smack Hundley across the catcher’s mask. MLB’s press release characterizes Puig’s role as having “incited a bench-clearing incident.”

The Dodgers are off Thursday, Puig would be slated to miss Friday and Saturday’s games. However, Puig is appealing his punishment, which means he can continue to play until the matter is settled.

Hundley was fined but did not receive a suspension. If MLB’s press release were accurate, it would have characterized Hundley, not Puig, of inciting Tuesday’s benches-clearing incident. Puig was upset at no one but himself until Hundley inserted himself into the picture. Of course, this is by no means excusing Puig’s behavior as he should have been fined and suspended. But Hundley should have been suspended as well.