San Francisco has placed outfielder Nori Aoki on the seven-day concussion disabled list after he left Wednesday’s game due to dizziness.
Aoki was hit in the head by a pitch Sunday, but passed an initial concussion test and was back in the lineup three days later, only to exit the game in the fourth inning with obvious symptoms.
He previously missed most of July with a fractured leg, but when healthy enough to be in the lineup Aoki has had a very strong season hitting .302 with 12 steals and a .755 OPS in 80 games.
Minor league veteran Ryan Lollis was called up from Triple-A to make Aoki’s spot on the roster and the Giants have veterans Gregor Blanco and Justin Maxwell available to fill in, although Blanco is currently needed in center field with Angel Pagan on the disabled list with a knee injury.
As we noted, Bryce Harper was ejected in the Phillies-Mets game for arguing balls and strikes, punctuating the ejection with a fairly aggressive argument in which he sorta shoved his manager into the ump, had to be held back by teammates and may very well have earned himself a suspension.
We’ll see about the suspension part, but even if he didn’t anger Rob Manfred over all of that, he did annoy his teammate, Jake Arrieta, who was on the mound last night. Here were Arrieta’s comments after the game:
“Look, I mean, [Harper’s] got to understand we need him in right field,” Arrieta said. “I don’t care how bad the umpire is. He wasn’t great for either side. I’m out there trying to make pitches, and he misses some calls. So what? We need him out there. I need him in right field, I need him at the plate, and he wasn’t there. So that hurts.
“We were flat from start to finish. Two-hour delay, it doesn’t matter. We have to be ready to play. We weren’t, and it showed. The dugout was flat. The defense wasn’t good. Didn’t throw the ball well as a staff overall. We got beat. We started at 8:45. I don’t think our guys were ready to play. We’ve got to come out tomorrow ready to play.”
For Harper’s part he was contrite after the game, echoing Arrieta’s words about needing to keep a level head and about him being more useful in the game than in the clubhouse. Still, he got told by his teammate. And seems to know he got told.