Girlfriend of Bryan Stow beating suspect jailed

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Yeah, we’re really pushing the bounds of baseball news here.  But I couldn’t resist such a darling mug shot.

Denise Piccione, the girlfriend of the man being held in the Bryan Stow beating, is currently in Clark County jail on charges of trafficking methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and possession of a dangerous weapon after a weekend arrest at a Las Vegas hotel.

City News Service reports she pleaded not guilty Wednesday.

The 26-year-old Piccione was considered a person of interest after a March 31 beating of Stow in a Dodger Stadium parking lot. Giovanni Ramirez is the main suspect in the case, and though he’s yet to be charged in connection with the beating, he is currently imprisoned in L.A. on other charges.

Stow, 42, remains in a coma.

Athletics release Santiago Casilla

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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Athletics have released reliever Santiago Casilla. The club had designated him for assignment on Saturday.

Casilla, 37, posted a 3.16 ERA with 22 strikeouts and 20 walks in 31 1/3 innings of relief for the A’s in the first half. The ERA is certainly not bad, but the strikeout and walk rates are subpar and point to a pitcher who won’t be successful going forward without changing. Additionally, Casilla’s fastball velocity, at 92.9 MPH on average, is the lowest of his career.

Casilla is owed the remainder of his $5.5 million salary for the 2018 season. If he should sign elsewhere, the A’s would be on the hook for the remainder minus the prorated major league minimum salary.