Red Sox expected to option Allen Craig to Triple-A

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Update (7:48 PM EST): Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports that the Red Sox will option Craig to Triple-A Pawtucket.

The Red Sox are expected to do something with struggling outfielder Allen Craig by Sunday, Mike Silverman of the Boston Herald reports. “Something” could include a trade or an option to the minor leagues. As Craig has yet to accrue five years of service time, the Red Sox can option him without his consent.

Craig, 30, joined the Red Sox along with starter Joe Kelly in the John Lackey trade at the deadline last season. He struggled in 107 plate appearances with the Red Sox through the end of the regular season, posting a .425 OPS. He hasn’t been any better to start the 2015 campaign, batting .146/.255/.208 with one home run and two RBI in 55 PA.

Craig signed a five-year, $31 million contract extension with the Cardinals in March 2013. He’ll earn $5.5 million this season and a combined $34 million between 2016-18.

Grudge continues to fester between Braves, Marlins

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The Braves and Marlins have some bad blood, especially concerning Ronald Acuña Jr. Around this time last year, José Ureña intentionally threw at Acuña in the first at-bat of a game, leading to a benches-clearing incident. Acuña was hit on the elbow and exited the game but was ultimately fine. Acuña’s crime? Just being good at baseball. At the time, he had homered in five consecutive games, including three games against the Marlins.

In 2019, the first-place Braves and last-place Marlins have mostly minded their own business. The Marlins, however, can certainly keep a grudge it appears. With his first pitch in the bottom of the first inning Tuesday night in Atlanta, Marlins starter Elieser Hernández hit Acuña in the hip.

Home plate umpire Alan Porter issued warnings to both dugouts. Braves manager Brian Snitker wasn’t happy about his side having received a warning for no reason, and was ejected by first base umpire Mark Wegner. Hernández would hit Adeiny Hechavarría with a pitch in the fourth inning — seemingly unintentionally — and was not ejected. Other than that, there were no more incidents and cooler heads prevailed.

Acuña finished 1-for-4 in the Braves’ 5-1 win. Freddie Freeman hit two home runs and knocked in four runs.