MLB executive vice president Joe Torre told WFAN’s Sweeny Murti earlier this evening that no fines were issued as a result of an alleged incident between Yankees catcher Russell Martin and umpire Laz Diaz on Wednesday night.
Martin said after Wednesday’s game that Diaz wouldn’t let him throw balls back to the pitcher, apparently as some for of punishment for arguing over balls and strikes. Martin, who likes to throw balls back to the pitcher in order to keep his arm warm, was allegedly told that it was a “privilege” he had to earn.
Martin used graphic language to describe Diaz in his post-game comments, which left him at risk for some sort of fine. Torre spoke with Martin and Diaz to get their respective sides of the story, but it appears both got off with strict warnings.
Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw is nearing his return to the mound, according to club manager Dave Roberts. Both Kershaw (left biceps tendinitis) and fellow lefty Rich Hill (left middle finger blister) are scheduled to toss simulated games on Saturday; depending on the outcome, Roberts says Kershaw could forgo a minor league assignment and slot back into the rotation by Thursday.
Kershaw, 30, was diagnosed with biceps tendinitis as the team closed out their Mexico Series at the start of the month. He has not made a start in several weeks, but was finally able to resume throwing on Sunday and managed to get through two successful bullpen sessions. Though Dodgers’ ace hasn’t been completely injury-free over his 11-year career in the majors, this is the first significant issue he’s had with his pitching arm so far. The team is expected to take every precaution with the lefty, and will likely limit him to just four innings during Saturday’s simulated game.
Prior to his injury, Kershaw was working on another dominant run with the club, sporting a 2.86 ERA, 2.0 BB/9 and 9.8 SO/9 through his first 44 innings of the season. While Kershaw, Hill and left-handed starter Hyun-Jin Ryu served their respective terms on the disabled list this month, the Dodgers utilized a combination of relievers Ross Stripling and Brock Stewart, both of whom impressed during their limited time in the rotation.