Five players were ejected after Thursday’s benches-clearing brawl between the White Sox and Royals, but there was also some drama behind the scenes.
According to Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com, White Sox left-hander Chris Sale tried to go into the Royals’ clubhouse after the fracas, apparently in an attempt to confront Yordano Ventura. Alex Rios, formerly of the White Sox, managed to play peacekeeper.
“All emotions are running high at that point,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “I just found out about it. You got to have a conversation and you move on from there. Luckily, cooler heads prevailed and nothing happened.”
Watch Sale discuss the situation prior to last night’s game:
As a result of the benches-clearing incident, Sale and Jeff Samardzija were ejected from the White Sox while Ventura, Lorenzo Cain, and Edinson Volquez were ejected from the Royals. We should see some suspensions come down soon.
Red Sox southpaw David Price was lifted in the first inning of Saturday’s game against the Astros. While there was some initial concern that he might have trigged the elbow tendinitis that has been affecting him lately, manager Alex Cora was quick to clarify the situation as the result of “flu-like symptoms.”
Price pitched just 2/3 of an inning, inducing a first-pitch fly out from Aledmys Díaz, striking out Alex Bregman, and allowing a single to Michael Brantley before making his departure from the mound. He was replaced by rookie right-hander Colten Brewer.
Barring further complications, Price will likely stay on track to make his next scheduled start during the Red Sox’ upcoming road trip. Entering Saturday’s match-up, the 33-year-old lefty carried a 2-2 record in seven starts with a 3.29 ERA, 2.2 BB/9, and 10.1 SO/9 across 41 innings in 2019.
Following Price’s removal, the Red Sox are still tied 0-0 with the Astros in the fifth.