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Orioles place Dylan Bundy on 10-day injured list

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Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy is headed for the 10-day injured list, the team announced Saturday. Bundy has right knee tendinitis and may require several weeks to make a full recovery, though the Orioles have not specified an exact return date.

The 26-year-old righty took his worst loss of the season on Friday, expending 37 pitches in a disastrous eight-hit, seven-run first inning against the Rays. He made his exit at the top of the second inning, but the Orioles couldn’t quite make up the deficit and eventually took the 16-4 loss, their 63rd of the year.

Following the game, Bundy revealed that he had tried to pitch through an existing bout of knee pain. How far that will set him back has yet to be determined, but it’s bound to complicate a disappointing campaign, one in which the right-hander delivered a 4-11 record in 18 starts with a 5.28 ERA, 3.1 BB/9, 9.5 SO/9, and 0.8 fWAR through 92 innings.

In a corresponding move, the club recalled fellow right-hander Tayler Scott from Triple-A Norfolk. Scott, 27, pitched to mixed results after his MLB debut with the Mariners earlier this year, scattering 10 runs, six walks, and seven strikeouts across 7 2/3 innings in the majors. He has yet to make his big league debut for the Orioles.

Astros block Detroit Free Press from clubhouse at Justin Verlander’s request

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Last night a BBWAA-credentialed reporter from the Detroit Free Press was barred from the Houston Astros’ clubhouse by team security following the Tigers win over the Astros. The reporter — who was almost certainly Anthony Fenech, who covers the Tigers — was kept out at the request of Astros starter Justin Verlander. Here’s the scene as described by the Free Press. The article contains a photo, taken by Fenech, of the three Astros officials who blocked the door to prevent him access:

At 9:35 p.m., the Astros opened their clubhouse to credentialed media in coordination with MLB rules. As other media members entered the clubhouse, the Free Press reporter with a valid BBWAA-issued credential was blocked from entering by three Astros security officials . . . The reporter contacted Mike Teevan, MLB vice president of communications, who said he would immediately reach out to Dias regarding the issue. Dias eventually gave the reporter access to the clubhouse at 9:41 p.m., after Verlander’s media session had ended . . . Once inside, the reporter approached Verlander, who said: “I’m not answering your questions.” When asked to comment on Wednesday’s loss, Verlander walked away.

That after-the-fact access for the reporter came only after he called Major League Baseball who, in turn, called Astros officials, presumably, to tell them that they cannot bar credentialed media.

It’s unclear at the moment what the beef is between Verlander and either the Free Press or the reporter. For what it’s worth, I follow Fenech and, while he’s a bit more witty and, occasionally, cutting than your average beat reporter, he’s self-effacing and doesn’t do cheap shots. Though he talks often about former Tigers and has made a point to highlight Verlander’s post-Tigers career whenever relevant, to my knowledge he hasn’t said or done anything specific to tweak Verlander in the past.

I will note, though, that last night, about eight minutes before Fenech was barred access, the Free Press Twitter account sent this tongue-in-cheek tweet out. It’s unclear if he or someone else at the paper wrote it:

Maybe that pissed off Verlander, who is known to be active on social media and is usually pretty aware of what’s being said about him. Hard to say.

What’s easy to say, though, is that no matter what has hurt Verlander’s fragile ego, the Astros barring the reporter from the clubhouse is in blatant violation of the agreement between Major League Baseball and the Baseball Writers Association of America, which ensures access for credentialed reporters. Verlander doesn’t have to talk to the guy — he doesn’t have to talk to anyone he doesn’t want to talk to — but the team honoring Verlander’s wishes to bar access is totally unacceptable and, frankly, about as low-rent as it gets from a media relations perspective.

We’ll probably hear more about this later today.