The Detroit Tigers placed catcher James McCann on the 15-day disabled list with a right ankle sprain today.
McCann suffered the injury in a collision with John Jaso at first base during Monday’s game and will be out for a good while, it seems. Indeed this morning he showed up to the Tigers clubhouse in a boot and on crutches, which does not suggest “15 days out and then right back in). In the meantime, Jarrod Saltalamacchia will be the starter. The Tigers have called up Bobby Wilson to serve as the backup.
McCann hit .264/.297/.387 in 114 games last year, but impressed the club and his teammates with his leadership and receiving abilities. He’s one of those guys whose absence will be talked about as being more significant than his actual production might suggest.
Jeff Passan of ESPN is reporting that Pittsburgh Pirates closer Felipe Vázquez has been arrested and charged with one count of computer pornography, the solicitation of a child, and one count of providing obscene material to minors.
The details, from a report from the Lee County, Florida Sheriff’s Department are ugly.
According to authorities, Vázquez has allegedly been engaging in sexual activity with a now-15-year-old girl from the time she as 13 years-old. As recently as this July Vázquez allegedly sent the victim videos of him engaging in an unspecified sex act. Vázquez also allegedly sent the victim texts saying that they would meet for sex after the baseball season was over. It is unclear based on the minimal information currently available if the “sexual activity” referred to in the past involved physical activity or merely electronic communication.
The age of consent in the State of Florida is 18. While, like many states, Florida has “close-in-age” exceptions, they do not apply to the 28-year-old Vázquez and someone as young as his alleged victim.
Vázquez has been placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball while the case is pending against him.
We will, without question, be following this story as it develops.