Connor Grossman of KNBR is reporting that the Giants have signed infielder Ruben Tejada to a minor league contract, pending a physical. He will provide infield depth for the Giants, who are lacking in that department.
Tejada, 26, was released by the Cardinals at the beginning of June after hitting .176/.225/.235 in 40 plate appearances. He was intended to fill in at shortstop for Jhonny Peralta, but he suffered a strained left quadriceps late in spring training. That opened the door for rookie Aledmys Diaz and veteran Jedd Gyorko. Diaz in particular took advantage of the opportunity, carrying an .868 OPS into Monday’s action. As a result, when Peralta returned from the disabled list, Diaz kept his position at shortstop, Peralta moved to third base, and Matt Carpenter moved to second base.
Earlier today the Major League Baseball Umpire’s Association made multiple posts on social media registering its displeasure at what it feels was the league’s weak discipline of Manny Machado following his run-in with umpire Bill Welke. It was an unusual statement, as it’s not common for umpires, individual or via their union to comment on such matters.
This evening, in an official statement, the league called it inappropriate:
“Manny Machado was suspended by MLB Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre, who considered all the facts and circumstances of Machado’s conduct, including precedent, in determining the appropriate level of discipline. Mr. Machado is appealing his suspension and we do not believe it is appropriate for the union representing Major League Umpires to comment on the discipline of players represented by the Players Association, just as it would not be appropriate for the Players Association to comment on disciplinary decisions made with respect to umpires. We also believe it is inappropriate to compare this incident to the extraordinarily serious issue of workplace violence.”
That final bit, about workplace violence, is something that I didn’t really consider when I read the umps’ statements, but it’s a damn good point. In an age where people are literally shooting up workplaces, umpires making reference to that kind of thing in response to a player throwing a bat is pretty rich indeed. And in pretty poor taste.