Royals left fielder Alex Gordon is expected to miss two months following Wednesday’s gruesome-looking groin injury and MLB wasted no time naming his replacement for the All-Star game: Brett Gardner of the Yankees.
Gordon was voted in as a starter for the American League, whereas Gardner will begin the game on the bench and someone–Adam Jones of the Orioles, perhaps?–will slide into the AL’s starting lineup.
Gardner was among the five AL players involved in the “Final Vote” contest, but was not doing well in the voting early on. So now he gets to skip that step and become a first-time All-Star at age 31 after hitting .298 with nine homers, 15 steals, and an .856 OPS in 78 games for the Yankees.
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.
Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.
The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty.
Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.
After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.
Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.
Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.
The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.