UPDATE: Zobrist confirmed to Joe Stiglich of CSNBayArea.com that he will have knee surgery. He’s hoping to be back in 4-6 weeks.
1:01 p.m. ET: Ben Zobrist was back in the Athletics’ starting lineup last night for the first time since Sunday, but he didn’t feel right and has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with what is being termed as a left medial meniscus tear.
Zobrist received a cortisone shot in the knee earlier this week and hoped to play through the injury, but he hinted at the possibility of surgery if it wasn’t successful. As Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle notes, typical recovery time for a cleanup procedure is about 3-6 weeks. That wouldn’t be too bad under the circumstances, but he’ll be missed in Oakland’s lineup.
The A’s called up infielder Max Muncy from Triple-A Nashville to take Zobrist’s place on the active roster while left-hander Eury De La Rosa was designated for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.
Steve Berman of The Athletic — known to some as Bay Area Sports Guy – reported overnight that Major League Baseball is likely to hand down discipline to Giants CEO Larry Baer today. Possibly as early as this morning.
As you’ll recall, on March 1, Baer was caught on video having a loud, public argument with his wife during which he tried to rip a cell phone out of her hands, which caused her to tumble off of her chair and to the ground as she screamed “help me!” After a couple of false-start statements in which he seemed to dismiss and diminish the incident, Baer released a second solo statement, apologizing to his wife, children and the Giants organization and saying he would “do whatever it takes to make sure that I never behave in such an inappropriate manner again.”
On March 4, Baer stepped away from the Giants, taking “personal time” and relinquishing his CEO role, at least temporarily. Given Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy, which does not require criminal charges to trigger discipline — and given how bad a look it would be for Major League Baseball not to take any action against Baer when it is certain that it would take action against a player in a similar scenario — it was only a matter of time before the league added to whatever discipline Baer and the Giants had decided to do on their own accord.
At the time of the incident I detailed Major League Baseball’s history of disciplining owners. As discussed in that post, it’s a tricky business, as owners don’t typically rely on salaries from their team and thus it’s hard to distinguish a suspension from a vacation. The examples cited there, however, at least begin to outline the tools at MLB’s disposal in taking action against Baer, and the league has no doubt been thinking about how to approach the matter for the past month.
We’ll see what they came up with some time today.