Baseball Wiretap

MLB Reduces Rougned Odor's Suspension By One Game

May 26, 2016 6:51 PM

Rougned Odor's eight-game suspension for punching Jose Bautista has been reduced to seven games by Major League Baseball, according to a source and multiple reports.

Odor, 22, had appealed the suspension earlier this week.

Odor punched Bautista in the jaw after Bautista slid at Odor's legs in an attempt to break up a double play in the top of the eighth inning on May 15.

The league disciplined 14 players and staff on the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers for their actions in the brawl.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Tags: Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, Suspension

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Dodgers Call Up Julio Urias To Face Mets

May 26, 2016 6:55 PM

The Los Angeles Dodgers are expected to promote Julio Urias to face the New York Mets on Friday in his Major League debut.

Urias will be added to both the 40-man and the 25-man active roster.

Alex Wood, who was expected to start on Friday, will miss his outing with triceps soreness.

Urias has not only been considered the Dodgers' top prospect, but he has also been hailed as the top overall prospect in baseball.

Doug Padilla/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets

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Hector Olivera Suspended Through Aug. 1 Under Domestic Violence Policy

May 26, 2016 6:57 PM

Hector Olivera has accepted a suspension without pay through Aug. 1 for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy.

The suspension is retroactive to April 30 and covers 82 games. Major League Baseball said Olivera, 31, will not appeal and that he may participate in extended spring training activities during the remainder of the suspension, followed by a rehabilitation assignment beginning no sooner than July 15.

Olivera was arrested April 13 and charged with assaulting a woman at a hotel outside Washington, D.C. He was charged with assault and battery, a misdemeanor, and bond was set at $10,000.

Associated Press

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Suspension

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Jonny Gomes Says He Isn't Retiring

May 26, 2016 8:44 AM

Despite a report to the contrary, Jonny Gomes has told Rob Bradford of WEEI that he is not retiring.

Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reported on Wednesday that the 13-year veteran had decided to hang up his cleats.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

Tags: Free Agent Rumor

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Rockies Move Jorge Da La Rosa To Bullpen

May 26, 2016 8:40 AM

The Colorado Rockies have moved Jorge De La Rosa to the bullpen as he continues to struggle this season.

Chris Rusin will replace De La Rosa in the starting rotation.

Walt Weiss said the move gives De La Rosa an opportunity "to get right" with a 11.14 ERA through six starts.

Patrick Saunders/Denver Post

Tags: Colorado Rockies

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David Wright Not Happy With Matt Harvey Avoiding Media

May 26, 2016 8:35 AM

David Wright did not approve of Matt Harvey avoiding the media after Tuesday’s poor performance.

"A lot of us don't necessarily agree with what he did," Wright told the New York Post. "But we take this game very personally. And when we don't play at a level we're accustomed to, sometimes we make decisions that we regret. ... You want to be known as an accountable player. You want to be a stand-up guy. And this is a little blip on the radar screen. Hopefully we all learn from it and don't make the same mistake again."

Harvey also declined to speak to reporters Wednesday.

The Mets announced that he will make his next start despite a 6.08 ERA.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

Tags: New York Mets

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Jonny Gomes To Retire After 13 Seasons

May 25, 2016 5:34 PM

Jonny Gomes has decided to retire from baseball after 13 Major League seasons.

Gomes, 35, last appeared briefly in Japan and had been hoping to catch on with a Major League club.

Since his debut in 2003, Gomes has compiled a .242/.333/.436 batting line in just over 4,000 plate appearances.

Chris Cotillo/SB Nation

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Alex Gordon Says He's 'Sucked' Over Past Year

May 25, 2016 5:30 PM

Alex Gordon, who was placed on the disabled list with a fractured wrist on Monday, was asked by reporters if the time on the shelf will help him work through his struggles at the plate.

"Because I've sucked so far this year?" Gordon said. "Pretty much."

Gordon has been named an All-Star the last three seasons, but lately his value has been mostly defensive.

"Obviously, I haven't played the way I've wanted to this year so far," Gordon said. "But the unfortunate part is, in baseball you always have tomorrow, and right now, I don't have that. I just got to keep my head up. And hopefully when I come back, I'll be feeling a little bit better at the plate and hopefully will help this team out a little bit more than I have so far this year."

ESPN

Tags: Kansas City Royals

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Matt Harvey To Make Next Start For Mets

May 25, 2016 5:21 PM

The New York Mets are sticking with Matt Harvey despite back-to-back poor starts against the Washington Nationals.

A demotion to the Minor Leagues, move to the bullpen or stint on the disabled list were reportedly all in play.

Terry Collins, Dan Warthen, John Ricco and Harvey huddled in the visiting manager's office at Nationals Park on Wednesday morning and Sandy Alderson joined via speakerphone from New York as the group deliberated the best course of action.

Harvey dropped to 3-7 and his ERA skyrocketed to 6.08 in 10 starts after he allowed five runs in five innings on Tuesday.

"We believe the best way to get him back is to have him keep pitching and keep making progress and stay up here in the big leagues," Ricco said.

"This guy is too big a piece to write him off, to flip him in the bullpen to where you've got to pick and choose when you might use him," Collins said.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

Tags: New York Mets

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Bryce Harper Given 'Mental Day Off'

May 25, 2016 5:15 PM

Bryce Harper appeared as a pinch hitter for the Washington Nationals on Wednesday afternoon after not starting against the New York Mets.

Harper hit in the eighth inning and grounded out to shortstop.

He is batting a season-low .246 and struggling since mid-April. Dusty Baker said before the game that he wanted the 23-year-old to take a "mental day off."

That included not starting against the Mets and skipping any work in the batting cage.

"I told him to do nothing, just concentrate and watch the game," Baker said. "You can straighten yourself out by watching others and by what they're doing or not doing."

Baker said Harper "was cool with" the decision.

ESPN

Tags: Washington Nationals

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Boston's Carson Smith Undergoes Tommy John Surgery
Red Sox reliever Carson Smith underwent Tommy John surgery on Tuesday, the club announced.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Mets Mulling Options As Matt Harvey's Struggles Continue
Matt Harvey struggled against the Nationals on Tuesday night after lobbying to make the start amid a run of troubling appearances.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

Francisco Rodriguez Joins Rare Club With 400th Save
Francisco Rodriguez joined an elite group Tuesday night when he recorded the 400th save of his Major League career, becoming only the sixth pitcher to accomplish such a feat.

Katie Strang/ESPN

Yasiel Puig Benched For Not Running Out Fly Ball
Yasiel Puig was benched on Tuesday night for not running out a deep fly to right that caromed off the wall in a game between the Dodgers and Reds.

Dan Arritt/ESPN

Reds Acquire International Bonus Slots From Orioles
The Reds have acquired two international signing slots from the Orioles in exchange for Minor League right-hander Franderlyn Romero.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Clint Barmes Decides To Retire During Triple-A Game
After a 13-year Major League career, Clint Barmes has decided to retire.

Jessica Kleinschmidt/Fan Duel

Orioles, Brian Duensing Agree To Minors Deal
The 33-year-old reliever opted out of a deal with the Royals on May 15.

David Hall/Virginian Pilot

Odubel Herrera Pulled From Game For Not Hustling
Odubel Herrera was pulled from Monday night's game by Pete Mackanin for not running out a routine grounder in the seventh inning of the Phillies' loss to the Tigers.

Katie Strang/ESPN

Josh Hamilton To Have Surgery, Miss 2016 Season
Josh Hamilton will undergo left knee surgery and miss the 2016 season, the Rangers have announced.

ESPN

Matt Harvey Turns Down Chance To Skip Start
The Mets gave Matt Harvey the option of skipping his next scheduled start, but the right-hander wants the ball.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

Ross Ohlendorf Wins Appeal Of Three-Game Suspension
Ross Ohlendorf was suspended three games by Major League Baseball for throwing at David Freese on May 11 after warnings had been issued.

ESPN

Ryan Vogelsong Hit In Head By Pitch, Carted Off
Ryan Vogelsong left PNC Park in an ambulance after being struck in the head by a pitch on Monday afternoon.

ESPN

Pirates Don't Want To Rush Tyler Glasnow, Jameson Taillon
Pittsburgh's starting pitcher have the sixth-highest ERA (4.27) in the National League this season.

ESPN

Ichiro Suzuki Moves Into 32nd Place On All-Time Hits List
Ichiro Suzuki recorded a pair of singles against the Nationals on Sunday, giving him sole possession of 32nd place on the all-time list with 2,956 career hits.

Joe Frisaro/MLB

Yu Darvish Ready To Return For Rangers, Could Start Saturday
Yu Darvish hasn't pitched in the Major Leagues since Aug. 9, 2014.

Jeff Wilson/Fort Worth Star-Telegram

John Gibbons Ejected For Fourth Time This Season
John Gibbons was ejected for the fourth time this season on Sunday night in the Blue Jays' 3-1 victory over the Twins.

ESPN

Ground-Rule Double Costs David Ortiz Chance At Cycle
David Ortiz hit a ground-rule double on Sunday afternoon that cost him a chance at the first cycle of his storied Major League career.

Tony Lee/ESPN

Joe Maddon Confused By 'Out Of Base Path' Call On Javier Baez
Joe Maddon didn't understand why Javier Baez was called out for running out of the baseline in the eighth inning of the Cubs' 1-0 loss to the Giants on Sunday night.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

A's Place Sonny Gray On DL With Strained Trapezius
Sonny Gray is 3-5 in nine starts with a 6.19 ERA for the Oakland A's.

ESPN.com

Mariners Place Ketel Marte On DL With Sprained Thumb
The Mariners have recalled infielder Chris Taylor from Triple-A Tacoma.

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