May had been slated to start Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Braves, but manager Dave Roberts told reporters Friday that they will instead use the 21-year-old as a reliever at some point in the series.
“Right now, we’re just trying to keep our options open as long as we can,” Roberts said in explaining how the team plans to use May going forward.
The manager said May is open to being used as a reliever, something he hasn’t done since 2017 with Class A Rancho Cucamonga.
May has made three starts since making his major league debut Aug. 2. He is 1-1 with a 2.65 ERA, going 5 2/3 innings in each appearance.
Roberts said Tony Gonsolin, who is at Triple-A Oklahoma City, could start Sunday or the Dodgers may treat it as a bullpen game.
Astros’ Josh Reddick — Death-threat messages also target kids
Houston Astros players have gotten threats “every day” since the team’s 2017-18 sign-stealing scheme came to light in recent weeks, according to outfielder Josh Reddick, who said Friday that messages he’s received also targeted his family.
“You just see the first things in your suggested box and it just says, ‘I will kill your family. I will kill your kids. Blah blah blah,'” Reddick said. “It’s depressing to read because it’s over a game of baseball. It’s not worth that kind of drastic measure.”
Reddick, who did not take part in the trash-can banging scheme, said the threats he has received so far were limited only to social media. He spoke about his experiences one day after former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers, who revealed to The Athletic in November that the Astros were stealing signs in violation of MLB rules, said he had received death threats.
As he enters his 12th major league season and fourth with the Astros, Reddick said he expects to hear more from fans about the issue both on and off the field, to the point where he thinks “it could be very dangerous outside of the ballpark to even bring your family.”
“There are ways to add security to a lot of places on the road whether it be in our hotels, on the way to the field,” he said. “At the field, obviously, being a lot more hostile environment. Be a little crazier. I think, also, at the hotels because you see a lot of people line up at our hotels. They know where we stay, they know what times we usually go to the ballpark. And what time we get back.
“For me, myself having almost 5-month-old boys, it is going to be pretty scary because my wife is going to go want to come on a lot of road trips just because wanting to have my help in raising them and do our parenting thing. So it is definitely something you can think about every night.”
Astros players won’t necessarily be safe when the games begin, as pitchers such as the Cleveland Indians‘ Mike Clevinger and the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ Ross Stripling have hinted at the possibility of throwing at Houston batters.
Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout this week joined a long list of players who have been critical of the Astros’ actions, saying he “lost some respect for some guys.” Reddick said he didn’t believe condemnation from opponents was adding fuel to the online threats, but he said he would like to see a more unified front in light of the messages.
“I think the best situation for us is to have our families be safe and ourselves be safe,” Reddick said. “But yeah, I think player unity is going to be a big thing. Especially with the way things are going now and way things will be in a couple of years to renegotiate stuff. I think that is one way the players need to get united. I think the more we are one on the same page and united it is going to be better for the whole game. It may take time the way this thing is being handled right now. I think ultimately the family safety is a big issue right now.”
For now, Reddick said his plan to deal with the most egregious messages is largely to “just avoid clicking on it,” but he still gets angry when he sees people threatening his children.
“I put a post of my kid rolling over for the first time and I gotta look down there and see ‘I hope your kid gets cancer,'” Reddick said. “It makes you really want to see that person in person. Really makes you want to go up to him and see what they would do if you put your face to their face and really get a little bit of retribution for yourself. Pisses you off.”
The Phillie Phanatic has gotten a spring training makeover
One big rumor circulating around spring training camp this week: The Phanatic — the Philadelphia Phillies‘ green and furry mascot — may be getting a new look. While the details won’t be revealed until Sunday when the team hosts the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Phillies’ spring home opener at Spectrum Field, a few (very small) details have emerged: It seems the mascot may have new shoes and socks — and may be either thinner, wider, taller or shorter. Ooh, the mystery!
— NBC10 Philadelphia (@NBCPhiladelphia) February 21, 2020
While lots of players changed teams during the winter, and new-look uniforms have been released for many teams — this is the very first mascot change we’ve heard about.
Teams close with 7-5 edge in arbitration as Diamondbacks’ Archie Bradley wins final case
Bradley, a 27-year right-hander, was given a raise from $1.83 million to $4.1 million Friday by arbitrators Andrew Strongin, Steven Wolf and Jules Bloch. The Diamondbacks had argued for $3,625,000.
Bradley was 4-5 with a 3.52 ERA in 65 relief appearances and one start last year. He struck out 87 and walked 36 in 71 2/3 innings.
Teams won six of the first seven decisions, and players won four of the last five. Teams have had a winning record in four of the past five years, the exception a 12-10 margin for players in 2019.
A relatively small percentage of players went to hearings among the 162 who were eligible after teams offered contracts on Dec. 2. Just 20 players exchanged proposed salaries with their clubs on Jan. 10, and nearly half of them wound up with agreements.
Clubs defeated Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto, Boston Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson, Minnesota Twins pitcher Jose Berrios, Milwaukee Brewers closer Josh Hader, Atlanta Braves reliever Shane Greene and Colorado Rockies catcher Tony Wolters.
Phillies reliever Hector Neris agreed Thursday night to a one-year, $4.6 million deal, avoiding a hearing. His deal includes a $7 million team option for 2021 with no buyout. Neris can earn an additional $1.2 million this year in performance bonuses for games finished: $50,000 each for 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35; $100,000 apiece for 40, 45 and 50; and $200,000 each for 55, 60 and 63.
Neris was Philadelphia’s most reliable reliever last year, leading the team with a career-high 28 saves in 34 chances. He had a 2.93 ERA with 89 strikeouts in 67 2/3 innings, earning $1.8 million.
He is 67-for-83 in save opportunities in his career.
Recent Match Report – Australia Women vs India Women, ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, 1st Match, Group A
Clippers’ Paul George, Patrick Beverley get in full practice
Lakers waiving DeMarcus Cousins while eyeing Markieff Morris
EPL, Football news: Chris Smalling’s dog dead in suspected poisoning
F1 2020, Barcelona testing, day 3 times, Ferrari F1 test, Sebastian Vettel
Recent Match Report – New Zealand vs India, ICC World Test Championship, 1st Test
Tyson Fury channels ‘Ricky Hatton days’ and promises knockout win over Deontay Wilder
James Wiseman opens up on ‘heartbreaking’ Memphis saga
F1 2020, Barcelona testing, day 3 times, Mercedes fastest, Valtteri Bottas
Clippers’ Paul George, Patrick Beverley get in full practice
Soccer6 days ago
Juventus team news: Predicted 4-3-1-2 line up vs Brescia – Ronaldo to continue hot streak
MLB3 days ago
Why MLB players are speaking up about sign stealing like nothing else ever
Soccer7 days ago
Man Utd in pole position to hire Massimiliano Allegri as PSG, AC Milan and Roma linger
Motorsport4 days ago
Supercars 2020: Supercars pre-season test results, drivers, Supercars news
Cricket2 days ago
SL look to embrace ‘role definitions’; WI eye improvement in bowling
MLB6 days ago
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred defends punishment of Astros
Motorsport7 days ago
Scott McLaughlin IndyCar, McLaughlin oval test, Supercars news 2020, IndyCar 2020
Soccer3 days ago
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp explains Sadio Mane substitution and hits out at Atletico