Swarm of bees forces delay to Giants-Reds

MLB Notes

CINCINNATI — San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy’s last game in Cincinnati created more buzz than anyone imagined.

A swarm of bees circled above the backstop screen shortly before the start of the Giants’ game against the Reds on Monday, prompting an 18-minute delay to the first pitch. The umpires and players moved away from the plate and watched the buzz from a safe distance.

The bees soon moved toward the upper deck — workers closed press box windows as they came that way — and the game went on without further incident.

Nothing new for the Giants. Not when they come to Cincinnati.

They also were involved in a bee delay here that got national attention on April 17, 1976. A swarm made its way into San Francisco’s dugout at Riverfront Stadium, forcing players to flee. The game was halted for 35 minutes, and the Reds pulled away to an 11-0 victory.

Bochy now has been involved in two unusual events at Great American Ball Park. The Giants were in town when one of the home run smokestacks in the outfield caught fire on May 15, 2015, forcing fans to evacuate two sections of the outfield while firefighters extinguished it.

Bochy is retiring after the season. The Reds honored him on the field Monday, before the bees arrived.

The Reds were involved in another notable bee delay on May 11, 1987, at Riverfront Stadium. A swarm prompted a 17-minute delay, and Reds pitcher Ted Power was stung on the hand.

Gausman suspended

NEW YORK — Atlanta Braves pitcher Kevin Gausman has been suspended for five games and fined for throwing a 97 mph fastball behind Miami’s Jose Urena last week.

Gausman appealed the penalty imposed Monday by Chief Baseball Office Joe Torre. Gausman can continue to play until there’s a final ruling.

Darling has cancer

NEW YORK — Mets announcer Ron Darling says he has thyroid cancer and hopes to return to SNY’s broadcast booth in about a month.

Darling issued a statement April 13 saying he planned to have surgery to remove a large mass from his chest and hoped to return to work in May.

In a statement Monday, Darling says that after the removal of the mass and additional tests, the thyroid cancer diagnosis was made.

Price put on IL

BALTIMORE — Boston Red Sox left-hander David Price has elbow problems again, although this time he expects a rapid recovery.

Price was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday with tendinitis in his pitching elbow.

Mets get Font

NEW YORK — The New York Mets have obtained right-hander Wilmer Font from the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named or cash.

The 28-year-old was 1-0 with a 5.79 ERA in 10 appearances, striking out 18 in 14 innings.

New York announced the trade Monday. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Mets transferred outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to the 60-day injured list.

Pollock out 6 weeks

LOS ANGELES — Dodgers outfielder A.J. Pollock will be out for at least six weeks after undergoing surgery to clear up an infection in his right elbow.

Pollock was in the Los Angeles clubhouse Monday, four days after the surgery. He said doctors inserted a catheter into his left biceps in order to deliver antibiotics to the affected area in his right arm.

The infection is near where he had surgery in 2016 to repair a broken elbow. It started when Pollock received a small cut during the Dodgers’ series at the Chicago Cubs in late April. During the surgery, doctors removed metal hardware that had stabilized the elbow.

In part to address the loss of Pollock’s right-handed bat for an extended period, the Dodgers signed free-agent catcher Travis d’Arnaud on Sunday.