Cleveland Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer reportedly has been fined by Major League Baseball for a tantrum that took place from the mound at Kansas City on Sunday. The amount of the fine has not been disclosed.
MLB Network reported Bauer will not be suspended. Indians manager Terry Francona is planning to discuss the incident with team president Chris Antonetti and general manager Mike Chernoff after the trade deadline.
“To be honest with you, I need to figure out what I consider is proper and respectful,” Francona told reporters Tuesday. “I would never do something without Chris and Chernie’s input. I thought they were so busy that it just wasn’t right to put that on their plate.
“So there will be a time to get to that. After they hear from the league, and after they get a chance to settle down a little bit, we can discuss exactly what’s right as we move forward.”
–Bauer may be closer to leaving Cleveland as Wednesday’s trade deadline approaches with two injured Indians’ starting pitchers — Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco — inching toward full health.
According to MLB Network, Bauer is still drawing considerable interest even after his Sunday tantrum. ESPN’s Buster Olney reported the incident is unlikely to impact Bauer’s status, and teams remain highly interested in the starting pitcher.
The Athletic reported the latest offers on Bauer are “tempting” the Indians into deeper conversations.
–Toronto Blue Jays right-handed closer Ken Giles received a cortisone shot in his elbow and will not pitch again before the trade deadline, according to multiple reports.
The Athletic reported Giles went to see Dr. Keith Meister in Dallas and underwent an MRI that revealed no structural damage to his right elbow. Giles, 28, has been experiencing elbow soreness and has not been available to pitch in the last two games, according to Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo.
Giles, who has compiled a 2-2 record with 14 saves, a 1.54 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 35 innings, has been the subject of trade talks, but his injury could affect that status. He spent 10 days on the injured list in June with right elbow inflammation.
–The Chicago Cubs boosted their bullpen by acquiring right-hander David Phelps and cash considerations from the Blue Jays. The Cubs will send minor league right-hander Tom Hatch to the Blue Jays.
Phelps could arrive in time to replace right-handed reliever Pedro Strop for the Cubs’ important three-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals starting Tuesday night.
Phelps, 32, posted a 3.63 ERA in 17 appearances with Toronto this season, striking out 18 batters in 17 1/3 innings.
–The Los Angeles Dodgers recalled right-hander Tony Gonsolin from Triple-A Oklahoma City, sending reliever Josh Sborz to the minor league club.
Gonsolin, 25, is making his second appearance with the Dodgers after he made his major league debut in a start against the Arizona Diamondbacks on June 26. He allowed six runs (four earned) and six hits in four innings, taking the loss. He is 1-4 with a 4.95 ERA in 12 starts at Oklahoma City.
Sborz, 25, has an 18.00 ERA in three innings across two appearances for the Dodgers this season. He pitched two innings Monday night.
–The Philadelphia Phillies signed right-hander Blake Parker to a major league contract.
The Minnesota Twins designated the 34-year-old reliever for assignment last week, and he opted for free agency rather than reporting to Triple-A Rochester.
Parker was 1-2 with a 4.21 ERA and 10 saves in 37 games with the Twins this season, striking out 34, walking 16 and allowing seven homers in 36 1/3 innings.
–Detroit Tigers left fielder Christin Stewart has entered the concussion protocol after colliding with the outfield wall Monday night in Anaheim. Manager Ron Gardenhire confirmed Stewart was headed to the injured list.
Stewart, 25, departed Detroit’s 7-2 victory against the Los Angeles Angels after slamming into the fence while chasing Kole Calhoun’s fifth-inning solo home run.
Stewart is batting .239 with seven homers and 33 RBIs in 81 games this season.
–Field Level Media