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Dodgers’ Dave Roberts not expecting Trevor Bauer back after seven-day leave

Sixto Sanchez was expected to be a regular starter this season, but Miami's top prospect has yet to pitch with shoulder soreness.
Sixto Sanchez was expected to be a regular starter this season, but Miami's top prospect has yet to pitch with shoulder soreness.David J. Phillip/Associated Press

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts expects pitcher Trevor Bauer to be out beyond the seven-day administrative leave imposed by Major League Baseball slated to end Friday.

Bauer was placed on leave last Friday, three days after an allegation of assault was made by a woman against him. MLB and police are investigating the incident.

The administrative leave — during which a player is paid but cannot play — has been extended for players under the policy in the past.

Roberts expressed doubts about Bauer returning as soon as Friday before the Dodgers opened a four-game series against the Miami Marlins on Monday.


The leave was imposed under the joint domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse policy adopted by MLB and the players’ union in 2015 and can be the initial step leading to a longer suspension.

A protection order against Bauer was obtained under the Domestic Violence Prevention Act and was the result of an assault by him that left the woman who sought the order with “severe physical and emotional pain,” Marc Garelick, the woman’s attorney, said last week.

Marlins’ Sixto Sánchez needs surgery, will miss season

Miami Marlins rookie righthander Sixto Sánchez will miss the rest of the season after an MRI revealed a small tear in the posterior capsule of his throwing shoulder.

He will undergo arthroscopic surgery.

Expected to be one of the mainstays in the club’s starting rotation, Sánchez has been sidelined all season because of shoulder soreness. Sánchez recently experienced a setback while increasing velocity in a throwing program.

The 22-year-old from the Dominican Republic and top prospect in the Marlins’ system made seven starts last season and finished 3-2 with a 3.46 ERA.

“Obviously, awful news starting with him and for us as an organization,” Miami manager Don Mattingly said.

“I know we’d like to take the conservative route and hope we wouldn’t get to this but obviously we have.”


Indians’ José Ramírez back in lineup after missing 3 games

Indians All-Star Jose Ramirez returned to the lineup on Monday.
Indians All-Star Jose Ramirez returned to the lineup on Monday.David Berding/Getty

Cleveland Indians All-Star third baseman José Ramírez was back in the starting lineup for Monday night’s game at Tampa Bay after missing three games because of a sore left elbow.

Zach Plesac is scheduled to return and start Thursday night’s game against Kansas City after being out with a broken thumb on his pitching hand.

The righthander will go to the team’s complex in Arizona during the All-Star break next week for a simulated game and then is scheduled to pitch against Oakland on July 18.

Ramírez was hurt diving for a ball Thursday in the series opener against Houston, one day after fouling a pitch off his left cheek against Detroit.

Cleveland manager Terry Francona said Ramírez was close to being able to play on Sunday.

“I can’t tell you how much I appreciate his willingness (to play),” Francona said. “He got there early on a Sunday. He went through all the steps and he goes ‘I know we’re beat up, I’ll play.’ And I said ‘would another day help you’ and he said ‘yeah.’ That to me is, even when you don’t want to do the right thing, you have to.”

Ramírez entered Monday hitting .265 with 18 homers and 50 RBIs.

“I feel much better,” Ramírez said through a translator.

Plesac was hurt while yanking off his undershirt following a rough outing in late May. He is 4-3 with a 4.14 ERA in 10 starts.

All-Star Shane Bieber, placed on the 10-day injured list June 14 with a right shoulder strain, may be able to resume a throwing program in around 10 days. The 2020 AL Cy Young Award winner is 7-4 with a 3.28 ERA over 14 starts.


Lowe hits grand slam, Rays rally with in 9th to beat Indians

Brandon Lowe hit his first career grand slam in the second inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays rallied with two runs in the ninth to beat the Cleveland Indians 9-8. Manuel Margot departed after appearing to hurt his leg when he led off the ninth with a single off off Emmanuel Clase, his fourth hit of the game. Randy Arozarena singled to move pinch-runner Brett Phillips to second. After Wander Franco tied it with an RBI single, Austin Meadows was intentionally walked before Phillips easily scored from third on Yandy Díaz’s grounder to second ... Rookie Bailey Ober pitched five scoreless innings for his first major league victory, Max Kepler homered twice, and the Minnesota Twins held off the Chicago White Sox 8-5 ... Odúbel Herrera hit a three-run homer, and the Philadelphia Phillies went deep five times while handing the Chicago Cubs their 10th straight loss with a 13-3 romp ... Jorge Alfaro hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning, and the Miami Marlins ended the Los Angeles Dodgers’ nine-game winning streak with a 5-4 victory. Alfaro, who was 2-for-31 in his previous nine games, drove a slider from Dodgers reliever Victor González to center field for his third homer of the season.”Whenever I step in the box, I’m looking for a pitch I can drive to the middle,” Alfaro said. “That was it. I wasn’t looking for a specific pitch. I just tried to get on base for my teammates.” All-Stars Mookie Betts and Max Muncy and 2019 NL MVP Cody Bellinger were not in the Dodgers’ starting lineup, but all three pinch-hit in the eighth, when LA scored twice to tie it 4-4.