The Dodgers signed Ike Davis to a minor league contract in late January. He got off to a rough start as a hitter after participating in the World Baseball Classic for Team Israel, so the Dodgers converted him to a full-time pitcher.
Davis, 30, is not new to pitching. He pitched two innings of relief in two games for the Athletics in 2015, both scoreless appearances. He also pitched for Arizona State as a two-way player.
Davis made his first appearance since being converted to a full-time pitcher and struck out the side on Sunday against the Arizona League Padres. Eric Longenhagen of FanGraphs reports that Davis sat 88-92 MPH with his fastball.
As Longenhagen notes, this is just an experiment for the Dodgers. Realistically, they’re not expecting Davis will come up to the majors and contribute in any meaningful way out of the bullpen. But you never know when you might strike lightning in a bottle, so it’s worth a shot if you have the resources.
Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Major League Baseball has told Cardinals infielder Kolten Wong that he has to get rid of the colorful arm sleeve he’s been wearing, pictured above, that pays tribute to his native Hawaii and seeks to raise awareness of recovery efforts from the destruction caused by the erupting Mount Kilauea.
[Wong] has been notified by Major League Baseball that he will face a fine if he continues to wear an unapproved sleeve that features Hawaiian emblem. Wong said he will stash the sleeve, like Jose Martinez had to do with his Venezuelan-flag sleeve, and find other ways to call attention to his home island.
None of these guys are being singled out, it seems. Rather, this is all part of a wider sweep Major League Baseball is making with respect to the uniformity of uniforms. As Goold notes at the end of his piece, however, MLB has no problem whatsoever with players wearing a non-uniform article of underclothing as long as it’s from an MLB corporate sponsor. Such as this sleeve worn by Marcell Ozuna, and supplied by Nike that, last I checked, were not in keeping with the traditional St. Louis Cardinals livery:
If Nike was trying to get people to buy Hawaii or Venezuela compression sleeves, I’m sure there would be no issue here. They’re not, however, and it seems like creating awareness and support for people suffering from natural, political and humanitarian disasters do not impress the powers that be nearly as much.