Los Angeles Angels interim manager Phil Nevin was suspended 10 games and Seattle Mariners outfielder Jesse Winker five by Major League Baseball, the largest of 12 punishments delivered for the benches-clearing brawl during the second inning of Sunday’s game between the teams.
Mariners shortstop J.P. Crawford received five games, Angels pitchers Ryan Tepera and Andrew Wantz were suspended for three, and Mariners outfielder Julio Rodríguez, Angels reliever Raisel Iglesias, and major league interpreter Manny Del Campo received two games.
Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon, who is out for the rest of the season after undergoing wrist surgery, will be suspended five games when he returns from the injured list. For now, he is prohibited from sitting on the bench for the next seven games.
Nevin received a signifcant suspension for Angels opener Wantz intentionally throwing at Winker while warnings were in place for both teams. Nevin made the late decision to pitch Wantz instead of scheduled starter Jose Suarez.
Before the bans were announced, Nevin disputed that he used Wantz to throw at Seattle’s players, declaring it “not factual, but I don’t want to get into a war of words with that. What’s done is done.”
Nevin’s suspension began Monday night as the Angels opened a series against the Chicago White Sox. Bench coach Ray Montgomery, who received a two-game suspension, managed in Nevin’s place. Montgomery and catching coach Bill Haselman (two games) will begin serving their suspensions after assistant pitching coach Dom Chiti returns from his five-game ban.
The punishments were announced within 90 minutes of Los Angeles’ and Seattle’s games Monday night.
Winker was hit by the first pitch of the second inning by Wantz, who had also thrown a pitch behind Rodríguez’s head during in the first inning. Wantz, who is suspended for three games, is the only player not appealing.
The pitch to Rodríguez appeared to be the Angels’ response to Erik Swanson’s 95 mile-per-hour fastball near Mike Trout’s head during the ninth inning Saturday night. Trout voiced his frustration about the pitch following the game.
Winker reacted to getting hit by Wantz, angrily yelling and gesturing toward the Angels’ dugout. That resulted in both benches and bullpens emptying near Los Angeles’ dugout on the third-base side. The brawl lasted nearly four minutes, with both teams appearing to throw multiple punches, and the game was delayed for 18.
Of the eight who were ejected, Seattle manager Scott Servais is the only one who wasn’t suspended.
Kansas City embraces its rebuild, ships Carlos Santana to Seattle
Kansas City traded slugger Carlos Santana and nearly $4.3 million to the Seattle Mariners for righthanders Wyatt Mills and William Fleming, clearing the way to bring up hot prospect Vinnie Pasquantino.
After hitting 19 homers in 158 games for Kansas City last season, and providing some veteran leadership to a team going through a long and difficult rebuild, the 36-year-old first baseman is hitting just .216 with four homers through 52 games this season.
Kansas City agreed to send $4,269,231 to Seattle, leaving the Mariners to pay just $1.5 million of the remainder of Santana’s salary in the second year of a two-year, $17.5 million contract.
This is the second time Santana has been with Seattle, though the first stint lasted a mere 10 days. He was acquired along with J.P. Crawford from Philadelphia for infielder Jean Segura, righthander Juan Nicasio, and lefthander James Pazos on Dec. 3, 2018; the Mariners then traded him away as part of a three-team deal with Cleveland and Tampa Bay.
This time should be different as the 36-year-old gives Seattle a useful switch-hitter and an option at first base with leading hitter Ty France out with an elbow injury. Santana has been the primary first baseman for the Royals and has been better at the plate over the past month with a .357 batting average and a 1.032 OPS in June.
The Royals are last in the AL Central at 26-46 following Monday night’s 10-4 loss to the Rangers.
The 24-year-old Pasquantino was picked in the 11th round of the 2019 first-year player draft out of Old Dominion and was generally one of the Royals’ overlooked prospects until the past couple of seasons. He was hitting .280 with 18 homers at Omaha, and was among the Triple-A leaders in extra-base hits, runs, homers and slugging percentage.
The Royals optioned Mills, a 27-year-old veteran, to Triple A Omaha while designating righthander Ronald Bolaños for assignment. Fleming was assigned to Class-A Quad Cities.
Mills had a 4.15 ERA in eight appearances for Seattle this season, along with going 1-0 with a 1.83 ERA in 19⅔ innings for Triple-A Tacoma. Fleming was picked in the 11th round of last year’s first-year player draft out of Wake Forest and was 6-6 with a 4.92 ERA in 14 starts for Class-A Modesto this season.
Bolaños had a 4.42 ERA in eight appearances for Kansas City this season.
Kris Bryant returns after month-long injury
Kris Bryant is returning to the Rockies’ lineup after missing more than a month with a lower back strain. Colorado activated the star outfielder from the 10-day injured list, and he went 1 for 4 while batting third and play left field in a 4-0 win over the Dodgers in the first of a three-game series in Denver.
Bryant has not played since May 22, when he went on the IL for the second time this season. He doubled in a rehab appearance Friday with Triple-A Albuquerque.
“The thing we were all hoping for is that he got to a place physically where he’s confident and very comfortable,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “We got to that place with a lot of hard work with our training staff and our strength guys.”
Colorado signed Bryant to a seven-year, $182 million contract in the spring to help fill the void that Trevor Story left when he signed with the Red Sox. Bryant is hitting .270 with four doubles, four RBIs, and no home runs.
Jack Flaherty, Harrison Bader shelved by Cardinals
St. Louis placed righthander Jack Flaherty and center fielder Harrison Bader on the injured list.
Flaherty was placed on the 15-day list with a right shoulder strain. He left Sunday’s start after throwing two scoreless innings. The 26-year-old missed the first 64 games of the season while recovering from shoulder surgery. He has made three starts and not pitched more than three innings in any one.
Flaherty had been scheduled for two more rehab starts before convincing the team to activate him.
“Hopefully, it’s something that we still see him this year,” John Mozeliak, the Cardinals president of baseball operations, said. “I mean, we’re pretty optimistic that that will be the case based on what we’re hearing. But, you know, clearly it’s going to take some more time to get him back.”
Bader, a Gold Glove winner, was placed on the 10-day IL with planter fasciitis in his right foot. He’s been dealing with the injury since spring training.
Juan Yepez had his first career multi-homer game, Paul Goldschmidt went 4 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs, and Adam Wainwright pitched seven scoreless innings in the Cardinals’ 9-0 rout of the Marlins in St. Louis.
Multi-sport owner David Blitzer officially buys into Guardians
The Cleveland Guardians announced their agreement with billionaire sports businessman David Blitzer and his investment group before an 11-1 loss to Minnesota, the final step in him taking a minority stake in the American League team that will eventually lead to control of the ballclub. Major League Baseball approved Blitzer’s purchase earlier this month. Owner Paul Dolan had been looking for a minority investor for several years and ended his search with Blitzer, who also has ownership stakes in the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, the NHL’s New Jersey Devils, English soccer club Crystal Palace, and Major League Soccer’s Real Salt Lake. It’s believed Blitzer initially will have 25-30 percent ownership and will have the right to increase his stake to a controlling interest in several years. The addition should give the Guardians, who have one of the game’s lowest payrolls, an infusion of capital to perhaps be more aggressive in free agency and in signing some of their younger players. Sonny Gray pitched seven scoreless innings and Gary Sánchez had four RBIs to help Minnesota stretch their lead in the AL Central over Cleveland to three games . . . Mets righthander Tylor Megill will be out until at least mid-August, with the team moving him to the 60-day injured list. The 26-year-old was put on the 15-day IL on June 17 because of a strained right shoulder, joining aces Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer. The Mets said at the time Megill would not throw for four weeks. Earlier in the season, Megill missed four weeks with right biceps tendinitis and returned June 10. He is 4-2 with a 5.01 ERA in nine starts this year . . . The Twins confirmed the sudden departure of pitching coach Wes Johnson for a lucrative college job at LSU. The 50-year-old will work the five-game set at AL Central rival Cleveland, then return to his roots in the powerhouse SEC and join the Tigers. Bullpen coach Pete Maki and assistant pitching coach Luis Ramirez figure to play a major part in replacing Johnson, who was widely believed to be the first college pitching coach to jump directly to the major leagues when the Twins hired him in 2019 from Arkansas . . . Among a slew of moves, Pittsburgh released righthander Heath Hembree after he cleared waivers. The 33-year-old had a 7.16 ERA in 20 appearances this year for the Pirates, his fourth organization since the Red Sox traded him in August 2020 . . . Josh Donaldson hit a go-ahead two-run double during a six-run sixth inning and the Yankees beat the Athletics, 9-5, in New York. The Yankees took advantage of two catcher’s interference calls, a hit batter and a walk to spark their rally.