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Brad Ausmus wants Jake Marisnick suspended for hit on Jonathan Lucroy

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Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick lowered his shoulder and ran into Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy on a play at the plate in the eighth inning Sunday afternoon in Houston. The Astros had the bases loaded with one out in a 10-10 game when George Springer hit a fly ball to right field. Kole Calhoun caught the ball, then made the throw home, drawing Lucroy into the third base line.

Marisnick was initially credited with scoring the go-ahead run, but replay review caused the ruling to be overturned so the score remained tied at 10-10. The Astros would go on to win 11-10 in 10 innings.

Lucroy was quite shaken up after the collision. A concerned Marisnick hung around home plate while trainers tended to the Angels’ backstop. Lucroy was carted off the field. The Athletic’s Fabian Ardaya reports that Lucroy was taken to a nearby hospital for a CT scan and will be evaluated for both a concussion and a broken nose.

Angels manager Brad Ausmus, a former catcher himself, said he hopes the league takes a look at the collision and considers potentially suspending Marisnick, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports. Ausmus is right — Marisnick could’ve gone towards the back of the plate rather than going into Lucroy, who clearly gave Marisnick a clear lane. The collision was completely unnecessary and quite dangerous. Fingers crossed that Lucroy wasn’t hurt too bad, but it looked painful.

Update: Marisnick tweeted after the game, “Through my eyes I thought the play was going to end up on the outside of the plate. I made a split second decision at full speed to slide head first on the inside part of the plate. That decision got another player hurt and I feel awful. I hope nothing but the best for @JLucroy20.”

Report: Red Sox to sign Zack Godley

Red Sox sign Zack Godley
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Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports that the Red Sox are nearing an agreement with pitcher Zack Godley. It is still unclear whether the contract will be of the minor or major league variety.

Godley, 30, was with the Tigers on a minor league contract but the club released him in early April. The right-hander pitched for the Diamondbacks and Blue Jays last season, amassing 92 innings with a 5.97 ERA and a 70/42 K/BB ratio. Godley was quite solid for the D-Backs in 2017, posting a 3.37 ERA over 155 innings, so the Red Sox are hoping to see that version of him.

The Red Sox need starting pitching depth with Chris Sale out for the year due to Tommy John surgery and Eduardo Rodríguez sidelined because of a positive COVID-19 test. Collin McHugh is also still on the mend from an elbow injury. The starting rotation at the moment includes Nathan Eovaldi, Martín Pérez, Ryan Weber, and Brian Johnson. It is certainly the club’s biggest weakness.

The Red Sox open up the 2020 regular season at home against the Orioles on July 24. Eovaldi would seem to be the one to get the Opening Day nod. Godley could slot in anywhere else in the rotation, from No. 2 to 5.