Rays reliever Joel Peralta was ejected from last night’s game after Nationals manager Davey Johnson called the umpires’ attention to pine tar on his glove and now the confiscated glove is on its way from Washington to New York.
Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that the umpires shipped Peralta’s glove to the MLB offices for further examination, which means a suspension is probably looming.
According to Kilgore an official ruling is unlikely until tomorrow, but the precedent for a “foreign substance” is 10 games. In the meantime Peralta will be available out of the Rays’ bullpen tonight, which should make for some interesting drama if manager Joe Maddon calls him into the game.
Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Diamondbacks and reliever T.J. McFarland have avoided arbitration, agreeing on a $1.45 million salary for the 2019 season. McFarland, in his third of four years of arbitration eligibility, filed for $1.675 million while the Diamondbacks countered at $1.275 million. McFarland ended up settling for just under the midpoint of those two figures.
McFarland, 29, was terrific out of the bullpen for the D-Backs last season, finishing with a 2.00 ERA and a 42/22 K/BB ratio in 72 innings. While the lefty may not miss a lot of bats, he does induce quite a few grounders. His 67.9 percent ground ball rate last season was the third highest among relievers with at least 50 innings, trailing only Brad Ziegler (71.1%) and Scott Alexander (70.6%).
McFarland was dominant against left-handed hitters, limiting them to a .388 OPS last season, but the D-Backs deployed him nearly twice as often against right-handed hitters, who posted an aggregate .764 OPS against him. It will be interesting to see if the club decides to use him more as a platoon reliever in 2019.