We haven’t heard much about Chuck Knoblauch in the nine years since he retired from baseball. He was named in the Mitchell Report and had to testify in front of a grand jury about it, but otherwise, he’s been an invisible man.
Today there’s a feature story on him in the Star-Tribune. It’s not the easiest read. No, Knoblauch is not some tragedy case like some ex-players. He hasn’t lost all of his money or found himself on skid row. He has had some legal problems — domestic violence — but that’s in the past now and he seems to have a happy home life.
But there’s a fine line between a guy who can walk away from baseball and never look back and a guy walks away from baseball and can’t bear to look back. Whatever he says about his current state of contentment in the article, Knoblauch seems to be in the latter camp, and one can’t escape the feeling that he’s a man with a lot of darkness about him.
Maybe it’s just me, but I came away from the article rather troubled and concerned. You feel the same way?
Right-hander Michael Fulmer is going on the 10-day disabled list with a left oblique strain, the Tigers announced Friday. In a corresponding move, right-hander Victor Alcantara was recalled from Triple-A Toledo.
Fulmer, 25, apparently suffered the injury during a routine bullpen session on Friday. A formal timeline for his recovery has not been announced yet. The righty is 3-9 in 19 starts this year with a 4.50 ERA, 3.1 BB/9 and 7.5 SO/9 through 112 innings pitched. This is his first real setback of 2018 and figures to delay any potential trade discussions the Tigers might have been entertaining for Fulmer’s services.
Alcantara, meanwhile, will fill the open roster spot while Fulmer works his way back to the rotation. The 25-year-old righty is expected to help boost a bullpen that currently ranks fourth-worst in the American League with a collective 4.45 ERA and 1.0 fWAR. While Alcantara hasn’t done much at the major-league level so far — he tossed a scoreless three innings in relief during his last call-up — he maintained an impressive 2.81 ERA, 1.2 BB/9 and 8.2 SO/9 through 51 1/3 innings in Triple-A this year.