Video: a position player pitched to a pitcher in an American League game

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Ike Davis pitched once earlier this year. It was back in April and he actually looked pretty darn good! His services were needed again yesterday, as the A’s were in the process of losing 18-2 to the Orioles. This time, however, the position player pitching came with a twist: the batter was a pitcher. A relief pitcher, no less. In an AL game:

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Given the blowout the Orioles had willingly forfeited their DH so Jason Garcia hit for himself. Though, as you can see above, he didn’t really “hit.” Indeed, he was walked on four pitches. He was specifically instructed by manager Buck Showalter to not swing the bat. Not that he didn’t want to at least look like a pro:

“I thought Garcia presented himself well,” Showalter said. “He wasn’t supposed to swing there, but he put his batting gloves on for the photo op. Then I watch him on deck and he was pine tarring his bat. I said, ‘Why are you putting pine tar on?’ He goes, ‘Oh yeah.'”

Garcia:

“Got to look the part,” he said. “I wanted to swing, but …”

For Davis’ part, he got out of the inning with no one scoring. Even struck out a dude.

Andrew McCutchen ‘ready to go’ whenever season begins

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Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen would have opened the regular season on the injured list if it had started on time. Now, with the start of the season pushed back at least a few months due to coronavirus (COVID-19), the veteran five-time All-Star says he will be “ready to go” whenever the season begins, he told NBC Sports Philadelphia.

McCutchen, 33, tore his ACL in early June, ending his 2019 campaign. To that point, he had been quite productive for the Phillies, batting .256/.378/.457 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI over 262 plate appearances. If and when the 2020 season does begin, he will likely reprise his role as the leadoff hitter, this time under new manager Joe Girardi.

2020 marks the second year of McCutchen’s three-year, $50 million contract initially signed with the Phillies in December 2018. The Phillies also hold a $15 million club option for the 2022 season with a $3 million buyout.