In the eighth inning of last night’s Yankees-Rangers game Mark Teixeira attempted to score from second base but was thrown out at home on a strong throw. As soon as he was called out he showed his frustration, looking back at third base coach Joe Espada with some “why did you send me?” gestures. Then, afterward, he showed more frustration, tossing a trash can around. Watch:
After the game, both Teixeira and Espada said the fault was Espada’s, as he told Teixeira “easy, easy,” as he rounded third, meaning there was no need to go home hard. Which, welp, was just wrong. Also worth noting that Didi Gregorius was behind the plate and was not signaling Teixeira to get down.
Stuff happens I guess. But it’s been a while since we’ve seen a can-tossing or water cooler busting type of thing in baseball. Must be a signal that August is coming.
The Nationals selected the contract of reliever George Kontos from the Atlantic League Long Island Ducks, per an official announcement on Saturday. The right-hander has been assigned to Triple-A Fresno, but could still make his season debut sometime before the first half of the season draws to a close.
Kontos, 33, hasn’t pitched in the majors since he took a handful of back-to-back-to-back gigs with the Pirates, Indians, and Yankees in 2018. He inked a minor league pact with the Cubs over the offseason, but failed to break camp with the team and was subsequently released in mid-April. He turned in seven strong innings for the Ducks since then, allowing one run and one walk and striking out six of 27 batters in six appearances.
Last year, the veteran reliever posted a combined 4.39 ERA, 2.4 BB/9, and 5.1 SO/9 over 26 2/3 innings. While he hasn’t pitched anywhere close to his career-best numbers in four years, he may still provide some valuable depth for the club, whose bullpen ranks 10th best in the league with a cumulative 4.59 ERA and 5.9 fWAR so far in 2019.