Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner was awarded a protective order by a New York court yesterday.
Gardener had filed the request for the order last week against a woman named Gina Devasahayam, allegeing that she has “harassed and menaced” him and his family. Gardner also told the court that Devasahayam believes they have a personal relationship, but claimed in filings that they have never met in person. Devashayam claimed to the media that they had interacted on social media. In granting the request today the judge cited “the possibility of injury” and said she “could be a danger to Gardner and his family.” The judge gave Devashayam until later this week to present evidence that mitigates in favor of altering the protection order.
Gardner is entering his 13th season with the Yankees. This past offseason he signed a one-year, $12.5 million contract with an option for 2021.
Per The Athletic’s Matt Gelb, Phillies starter Zack Wheeler will miss at least two starts when his wife goes into labor and gives birth to their first child, expected to be later this month. Wheeler, in fact, is not sure if he will return to play at all once their child is born.
Wheeler said, “We just have to see how things are here at the field and at the stadium. I’m happy with what I see so far. But things could change, especially once our baby’s born. I always think about what’s going on around me. Is it safe? Is it OK? Literally every single day. I have to just ask myself that. I’m going to continue to keep asking myself that every day.”
Wheeler, 30, inked a five-year, $118 million contract with the Phillies in December. He is slated for the No. 2 spot in the rotation behind Aaron Nola. Last season, with the Mets, Wheeler posted a 3.96 ERA with 195 strikeouts and 50 walks over 195 1/3 innings.
The No. 5 spot in the Phillies’ rotation is currently up for grabs between Nick Pivetta, Vince Velasquez, Ranger Suárez, and prospect Spencer Howard. One of the remaining three could fill in for Wheeler when he needs time off, temporarily or otherwise.