Feud brewing in NL East division
The Associated Press
NEW YORK — New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier and Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton were back at it with more barbs Tuesday.
During New York’s 5-3 win on Monday the two jawed at each other from a distance, prompting several Nationals to take a few steps out of the dugout before Frazier and Eaton were guided in opposite directions.
The two were teammates with the Chicago White Sox in 2016 but have an acrimonious history. Eaton said after Monday’s game: “I tried to stay patient with the childishness.”
“That’s Adam,” Frazier said. “That’s him. At the end of the day, you think about what a man really is. You settle stuff out on the field. You don’t talk about it. That’s basically what I do. Back in the day, that’s how you usually settle it.”
“For him to even talk after that, I don’t know how you talk after that and that’s basically all I’ll say after that,” Frazier went on. “Men usually settle on the field, but he talked about it. He started it coming at me with ‘I’m a man. I got a mortgage to pay with two kids.’ Pay off your mortgage. I don’t know what to tell you.”
When Eaton was told of Frazier’s comments, he laughed and admitted he does not have a mortgage.
“Man, he’s like an old girlfriend,” Eaton said.
In a game last Aug. 26 in New York, Frazier yelled at Eaton and the two exchanged words. Earlier that month, a few Mets took exception with a hard slide by Eaton into second base that injured infielder Philip Evans.
MILWAUKEE — NL MVP Christian Yelich was scratched from Milwaukee’s lineup against Cincinnati on Tuesday night because of back spasms.
Yelich leads the major leagues with 19 home runs and is batting .325 with 41 RBIs in 44 games, including 42 starts.
He has missed parts of seven games because of back problems.
Ben Gamel replaced Yelich in right field.
Los Angeles Dodgers
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias was reinstated Tuesday from administrative leave by Major League Baseball.
Urias was placed on leave while MLB officials looked into his May 13 arrest for investigation of misdemeanor domestic battery. Police said Urias was taken into custody in the parking lot of a Los Angeles shopping mall but didn’t release details.
The leave lasted seven days as originally announced. In previous MLB investigations, management and the players’ association agreed to extend leaves while probes continued.
MLB and the union agreed to a domestic violence policy in 2015, giving the commissioner the right to investigate and impose discipline.
Urias, a 22-year-oldn left-hander from Culiacan, Mexico, began the season in the starting rotation but moved to the bullpen once Clayton Kershaw came off the injured list.
Los Angeles Angels
ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Los Angeles Angels have placed Andrelton Simmons on the 10-day injured list after he sprained his left ankle during Monday’s loss to the Minnesota Twins.
The shortstop suffered a grade 3 ankle sprain when he tried to beat out an infield hit during the eighth inning. The injury is a major blow to the Angels’ offense as Simmons was leading the majors in hits (44) since April 15 and was batting .341 in that span.
General manager Billy Eppler said Simmons will see a foot and ankle specialist Wednesday. The Angels have called up Luis Rengifo from Triple-A Salt Lake to fill the roster spot.
Designated hitter Shohei Ohtani was hit in the right ring finger while swinging on a third strike Monday but was in the lineup for Tuesday’s game.
ARLINGTON, Texas — The Seattle Mariners placed second baseman Dee Gordon and third baseman Ryon Healy on the 10-day injured list and signed right-hander Anthony Bass to a one-year contract with a $950,000 salary while in the major leagues.
Gordon has a bruised right wrist and Healy lower back inflammation.
Seattle, which has gone 12-25 following a 13-2 start, made eight roster moves before Tuesday night’s game against Texas. The Mariners selected the contract of left-hander Tommy Milone from Triple-A Tacoma, and he was scheduled to start against the Rangers. Second baseman Shed Long was recalled from Tacoma and was in the starting lineup.
Third baseman Dylan Moore was activated from the 10-day injured list after recovering from a bruised right wrist. Right-handed reliever Parker Markel was optioned to Tacoma, and right-handed reliever Ryan Garton was designated for assignment.
Gordon is hitting .281 with 12 steals, while Healy is batting .237 with 16 doubles. Healy left Monday night’s game against Texas in the sixth inning.
Milone was 4-2 with a 3.83 ERA in eight starts and one relief appearance this year for Tacoma. The 32-year-old was signed as a free agent on Dec. 4 and is filling the rotation spot of Felix Hernandez, sidelined by a strained lat muscle.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Rangers reliever Shawn Kelley learned that two lumps removed from his throat last week were benign, and the 35-year-old right-hander was activated from the 10-day injured list.
Kelley was placed on the injured list on May 9, and the lumps were removed last Thursday. Kelley, who doesn’t use tobacco, had reported discomfort when talking and when rolling over while in bed.
The right-hander is 3-0 with two saves and a 1.29 ERA in 14 appearances in his first season with the Rangers. He said the only pain is when he looks straight up because of the two internal stitches.
Left-hander Brett Martin was optioned to Triple-A Nashville.