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Ross Ohlendorf, Bryan Price suspended for Ohlendorf throwing at David Freese

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Major League Baseball just announced that Cincinnati Reds pitcher Ross Ohlendorf has received a three-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for intentionally throwing a pitch at David Freese of the Pittsburgh Pirates during Wednesday night’s game.

The game on Wednesday night was kind of a mess of plunkings and ejections. Ohlendorf’s plunking of Freese as the fourth time in the game a Pirates batter had been hit. Two Reds batters had been hit. Warnings had been issued previously. As C. Trent Rosecrans noted in his gamer in the Cincinnati Enquirer the other night, the Reds and Pirates are notorious for throwing at one another in recent years, with pitchers on each team hitting batters on the other 39 times over the past four seasons. Must be something in the air along the Ohio River.

In addition, Reds manager Bryan Price has received a one-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for the intentional actions of Ohlendorf while warnings were in place, which is the price Price has to pay for it happening on his watch. He will sit out tonight, as managers don’t get to appeal. Ohlendorf is appealing his, so he’ll be available if necessary.

 

Report: Rangers sign Jeff Mathis to two-year deal

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The Rangers have signed catcher Jeff Mathis to a two-year contract, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The deal is pending a physical.

Mathis turns 36 years old at the end of March and has a career .564 OPS across 14 seasons, but he is well-regarded for his defense and ability to handle a pitching staff.

The arrival of Mathis could mean the Rangers are moving on from Robinson Chirinos behind the plate, as he is now a free agent. The Rangers could go after another catcher to complement Mathis or just have Isiah Kiner-Falefa back up Mathis. Though Kiner-Falefa mostly played elsewhere, including three spots across the infield, he did rack up over 300 defensive innings behind the plate in 2018.