MLB: Grienke could miss eight months
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke will need surgery to repair his broken collarbone and is expected to miss eight weeks.
Greinke was hurt Thursday night in a bench-clearing brawl with the Padres that started when San Diego slugger Carlos Quentin charged the mound after he was hit on the arm by a pitch.
The Dodgers said Dr. John Itamura will operate today at White Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles to place a rod in the clavicle to stabilize and align the fracture.
Greinke, the 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner, signed a $147 million, six-year contract with the Dodgers during the offseason.
Los Angeles placed Greinke on the 15-day disabled list and recalled right-handed reliever Shawn Tolleson from the minors to take the roster spot.
Quentin was suspended eight games and Dodgers infielder Jerry Hairston Jr. one game for their roles in the brawl.
BLUE JAYS: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes was pushed out of Kauffman Stadium in a wheelchair and taken for an MRI exam Friday night after hurting his left ankle making an awkward slide into second base. Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said the team won’t know until today the full extent of the injury, which was initially diagnosed as a sprained ankle. Anthopoulos did say that Reyes will go on the disabled list and could be out from one to three months.
Reyes appeared to be indecisive about whether to slide or go into the bag standing up while stealing the base in the sixth inning against the Kansas City Royals. When he decided to slide just a couple steps short of the bag, his left ankle rolled beneath him as he slid over the base. Reyes immediately rolled onto his back and grabbed at his ankle, screaming in pain before pulling the front of his jersey over his face.
INDIANS: Another dangerous pitch has Carlos Carrasco in trouble again.
The Cleveland Indians pitcher was suspended for eight games Friday for “intentionally throwing” at New York’s Kevin Youkilis, the right-hander’s second penalty in two years for aiming at a hitter.
Carrasco had just completed serving a five-game suspension for a fastball thrown at Kansas City’s Billy Butler in 2011 when he drilled Youkilis with a high-and-too-tight fastball in the fourth inning of the Yankees’ 14-1 win on Tuesday, moments after giving up a two-run homer to Robinson Cano.
ELSEWHERE: An investor who helped launch Anthony Bosch’s Biogenesis of America has been trying to sell purported documents from the closed anti-aging clinic to Major League Baseball and players, several people familiar with the matter said Friday.
MLB has bought some of the documents, the people said, all speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the situation. MLB has been investigating the clinic for allegedly distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs to players.
MLB’s purchase was first reported Thursday by The New York Times, which said Friday that MLB investigators have “what they believe is evidence” that a representative of Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez purchased medical records.
An associate who works closely with Rodriguez denied that the player has ever tried to buy the documents.