CC Sabathia commented yesterday about his Saturday morning nightclub fracas that was caught on video. He wasn’t in a fight as such, but he had to be restrained by friends from going after a guy heckling him. From the New York Times:
“A bad decision on my part,” said Sabathia, who added that he was lucky he had been forced into the car. “You know, I probably should have just kept quiet and got in the cab . . . I could have easily just brushed it off, got in a cab and had a good night,” Sabathia said. “I just flipped out.”
Fair enough. We all go a little mad sometimes.
Joe Girardi said that pushing Sabathia back a day in the rotation had nothing to do with it. A lot of times I’d be skeptical but not here. Sabathia could’ve been volunteering at a soup kitchen Friday night and been in bed before 10pm and pushing him back a day is still a good call giving how his season has gone. The Yankees have a pennant to chase and having the big man get an extra day of rest whenever possible is a smart move.
Robert Murray and MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reported earlier, respectively, that the Phillies signed pitcher Francisco Liriano and infielder Neil Walker to minor league contracts. If he makes the major league roster, Liriano will earn a salary of $1.5 million with an additional $1.25 million available through performance incentives. Walker’s contract information is not yet known.
Liriano, 36, struggled from 2016-18 but enjoyed a productive year out of the bullpen for the Pirates this past season. He posted a 3.47 ERA with 63 strikeouts and 35 walks over 70 innings. The lefty was quite effective against same-handed batters, limiting fellow lefties to a .659 OPS. That would figure to be a key component if Liriano makes the Phillies’ Opening Day roster.
Walker, 34, hit .261/.344/.395 with eight home runs and 38 RBI over 381 plate appearances with the Marlins last year. The veteran is versastile, having played first, second, and third base along with both corner outfield spots in recent seasons. Despite Walker’s versatility, it is tough to see room on the Phillies’ roster for him, barring injuries to other players. It never hurts to have depth.