In order to add more pitching depth for the final week of the season–this time in the form of journeyman left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes–the Angels have cleared a spot on the 40-man roster by designating Grant Green for assignment.
Green was Oakland’s first-round draft pick in 2009 and appeared twice on Baseball America’s top-100 prospects list, but the A’s gave him up in exchange for utility man Alberto Callaspo in mid-2013 and he’s largely been a disappointment for the Angels.
Green has hit just .249 with three homers and a .618 OPS in 109 games as a major leaguer, although he’s never really gotten an extended opportunity to play every day. He brings defensive versatility to the table, having played every infield position and left field in the big leagues, but Green is stretched as a middle infielder. Flaws and all, at age 27 you’d think some team could find room for Green in 2016.
NEW YORK — A pitcher getting ejected for arguing balls and strikes – on his day off? And, from the stands?
Nationals star Stephen Strasburg earned one of baseball’s most unique ejections – probably ever – in the third inning of Washington’s game against the New York Mets on Thursday.
Strasburg was sitting in Section 121 at Citi Field in this socially distant season because he’s scheduled to start Friday against Baltimore Orioles. He was apparently unhappy with the strike zone of plate umpire Carlos Torres after Austin Voth‘s 2-2 pitch to Pete Alonso on the outside corner was ruled a ball.
Moments later, Torres ejected last year’s World Series MVP, though it took a few seconds to realize who had been tossed.
Someone was heard yelling: “You’re (expletive) brutal” shortly before television cameras captured Strasburg doffing his cap as he walked up the staircase on his way out of the park.
“Sorry, folks – sorry, FCC,” Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen said on SNY.
The usually stoic Strasburg appeared to be grinning underneath his blue mask as he made his exit.