A glimpse of what’s happening around baseball today:
Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson will serve a one-game suspension for a remark to White Sox star Tim Anderson about Jackie Robinson when New York opens a home series against Tampa Bay after the ban was dropped. confirmed on appeal Monday.
Major League Baseball special counsel John McHale upheld the sanction after hearing Donaldson’s appeal on Thursday, a person familiar with the discipline told The Associated Press. The person spoke Monday on condition of anonymity because McHale’s decision was not announced. Donaldson’s fine was halved by McHale to $5,000, the person said.
Donaldson’s comments to Anderson were called racist by Chicago manager Tony La Russa. Donaldson’s teammates and manager said he was wrong to make the remark.
The Braves face Washington in a bid to earn their 13th straight win, but they will do so without All-Star second baseman Ozzie Albies, who left a 9-5 win over the Nationals on Monday night with a broken left foot.
Albies went down coming out of the batter’s box on a groundout to shortstop in the fifth inning. He left the game and the team later announced he had a fractured left foot.
“I hate it for Ozzie. Hate it for us,” said Braves manager Brian Snitker, who was unsure how long Albies would be out. “He will be fine. He is young, he will recover quickly. Like I said, I hate it for the kid because he loves to play baseball and he’s such an integral part of our club. It’s a chance for someone else to do something good.
The stretch is Atlanta’s best as it won 14 consecutive games from July 26 to August 9, 2013.
National right-hander Stephen Strasburg returned to the injured list after feeling unwell after a bullpen session.
Strasbourg has made a start this season, his first since undergoing surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome last summer.
The 33-year-old right-hander was scheduled to start Tuesday night against the Braves. Instead, manager Dave Martinez announced ahead of Monday night’s game that Strasbourg would return to IL with an unspecified injury.
Strasbourg, the 2019 World Series MVP, signed a seven-year, $245 million contract to stay with the Nationals after their championship season. He’s made eight starts since, going 1-4 with a 6.89 ERA in those games. The three-time All-Star is 113-62 with a 3.24 ERA in his career.
As their dangerous roster crumbles, Tony Gonsolin (7-0, 1.58 ERA) tries to help the Los Angeles Dodgers get back on track as they host the Los Angeles Angels in Game 1 of the Freeway Series of the season.
Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman and the Dodgers have lost three in a row and six of eight. They managed just four points last weekend in San Francisco as the rival Giants completed a three-game sweep.
Noah Syndergaard (4-4, 3.69) throws for the Angels, who have lost 16 of 18 games. They expect outfielder Taylor Ward (slight right hamstring strain) to return from the injured list for this one.
Brewers manager Craig Counsell can overtake Phil Garner for the franchise lead in wins when Milwaukee opens a series in Queens against the NL East Mets.
Counsell tied Garner with his 563rd victory Sunday against Washington. The win ended Milwaukee’s eight-game slippage, its longest since September 2015 — the year Counsell took over from Ron Roenicke.
Brewers right-hander Adrian Houser (3-6, 3.92 ERA) is set to face New York right-hander Chris Bassitt (4-4, 4.35) to start the three-game set. Bassitt has a 7.62 ERA in his last five starts, upping his season ERA by 2.34.
Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez informed the Tigers on Monday that he would be absent from the team due to personal issues, leaving Detroit without the pitcher it relied on to speed its turnaround.
Rodriguez signed a five-year, $77 million contract with the Tigers last November and is 1-3 with a 4.38 ERA in eight starts. He hasn’t pitched since May 18, when he left a game against Tampa Bay in the first inning with a sprained rib. On June 9, he pitched four scoreless innings and walked nine scoreless in a rehab start for Triple-A Toledo.
The Tigers, who moved aggressively in the offseason in hopes of competing in the AL Central, have been one of baseball’s worst teams so far this year.
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