Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Pat Neshek lands on injured list again

2 Comments

Just a few days after being activated from the 10-day injured list, Phillies reliever Pat Neshek is going back. The club announced on Thursday he’s been placed on the 10-day IL due to a strained left hamstring. Lefty Ranger Suárez has been recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Neshek missed nearly a month of action between May 24 and June 18 due to right rotator cuff inflammation. In his only appearance after being activated, he allowed a run in two-thirds of an inning against the Nationals on Wednesday. Overall, the veteran right-hander sports a 5.00 ERA with a 9/2 K/BB ratio in 18 innings.

Suárez, 23, made one appearance for the Phillies thus far, lasting four innings. He surrendered four runs on seven hits and a walk with six strikeouts versus the Diamondbacks. He amassed a 5.68 ERA in 38 innings with Lehigh Valley this year.

Madison Bumgarner has been competing in rodeos under a fake name

Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images
9 Comments

The Athletic’s Andrew Baggarly and Zach Buchanan report that Diamondbacks starter Madison Bumgarner has been competing in rodeos under a fake name as recently as December. The fake name is Mason Saunders. Bumgarner explains that “Mason” is shortened from “Madison,” while “Saunders” is his wife’s maiden name.

Bumgarner — err, Saunders — and one of his rodeo partners, Jaxson Tucker, won $26,560 in a team-roping rodeo competition in December. The Rancho Rio Arena posted a picture of the pair on Facebook, highlighting that they roped four steers in 31.36 seconds.

As Baggarly and Buchanan point out, Bumgarner also pointed out in a rodeo competition last March, just a couple days before pitching in a Cactus League game versus the Athletics, back when he was still with the Giants.

Bumgarner suffered bruised ribs and a left shoulder AC sprain in 2017 when he got into a dirt bike accident. Given that, Bumgarner’s latest extracurricular activity does raise a concern for the Diamondbacks, who inked him to a five-year, $85 million contract two months ago. Baggarly and Buchanan asked Bumgarner about such a concern. Bumgarner referred them to the club’s managing partner Ken Kendrick. Kendrick directed them to GM Mike Hazen. Hazen declined speaking about “specific contract language.” For what it’s worth, Bumgarner says he primarily uses his right hand to rope.

The jig is up on Bumgarner’s hobby. He jokingly said to The Athletic’s pair, “I’m nervous about this interview right now.” He added, “I’m upset with both you two.”