BEGINNING: Yanks’ Donaldson to serve ban, Strasbourg eliminated
A look at what’s happening around baseball on Tuesday:
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.
IN AND OUT
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.
Brewers manager Craig Counsell can overtake Phil Garner for the franchise lead in managerial wins when Milwaukee opens a series in Queens against the NL East-leading 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 expected to face Mets 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.
E-ROD ON LEAVE
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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