Carlton Fisk pleads guilty to DUI, will undergo drug and alcohol evaluation

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Two months ago Carlton Fisk was arrested and charged with a DUI in Illinois after allegedly driving his truck into the middle of a cornfield and then falling asleep with a bottle of vodka next to him.

Today the Hall of Fame catcher pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor, for which he got one year of court supervision and a $1,250 bill for court costs.

Steve Schmadeke of the Chicago Tribune reports that Fisk was also found to be under the influence of prescription drugs and “will have to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation as well as counseling, and attend a victim impact panel.”

Masahiro Tanaka to throw off a mound this weekend

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Earlier this month Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka strained both of his hamstrings while running the bases in an interleague game against the Mets and was sent to the 10-day DL. Today it was announced that the beginning of the end of most DL stints for pitchers — throwing off of a mound — is in Tanaka’s immediate future.

Tanaka is scheduled to throw off a mound Sunday, which will be his first real (well, fake real) pitching action since the June 9th injury. Assuming the session goes well, Tanaka is expected to return to the Yankees’ starting rotation sometime in early-to-mid July. With the All-Star break coming the week of July 16, it would not be hard to imagine the Yankees giving him a few extra days to get right.

Tanaka is 7-2 with a 4.58 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 73/19 in 72.2 innings on the season.