Tommy Stokke of FanRag Sports reports Chris Sale was sent home from U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday after cutting up a throwback jersey that he did not want to wear.
This story takes another fascinating turn. Via Rosenthal's source: "Sale asked that they not wear (throwbacks) on his day because they are uncomfortable. Things escalated when they wouldn't relent." The altercation did not get physical, but Sale apparently exchanged some words with members of the front office, or perhaps it was the clubhouse staff. He could be traded before the August 1 deadline, though that wouldn't really have anything to do with this odd incident.
Kurt Suzuki was pulled from Saturday's game against the Red Sox after taking a foul tip off his mask.
Suzuki had to be helped off by trainer Dave Pruemer, who was holding a towel to the catcher's lower jaw. There should be an update from the Twins after the game. Juan Centeno replaced him behind the plate.
Jhonny Peralta (thumb) said he's hoping to begin swinging a bat in the next day or two.
Peralta was placed on the 15-day disabled list July 19 with ongoing discomfort in his surgically-repaired left thumb. It sounds like he could be ready in mid-August, but this has become a lingering thing and it's possible there are more setbacks to come.
Mark Melancon picked up save No. 29 in the Pirates' 7-4 defeat of the Phillies on Saturday.
Melancon racked up two strikeouts in a perfect ninth inning. He is sporting a fantastic 1.55 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, and 38/9 K/BB ratio in 40 2/3 innings this season for the Pirates, who are trying to stay within striking distance of a Wild Card spot. They might consider trading their impending free agent closer if things go south.
Aaron Nola was lit up for six earned runs over four innings Saturday in a loss to the Pirates.
Nola appeared to be over his recent struggles when he threw six scoreless innings Monday against the Marlins, but he reverted back to his pre-All-Star-break form on Saturday afternoon in Pittsburgh. The right-hander gave up six hits and walked two. He'll carry a 5-9 record and 4.75 ERA into his next start on the road against the Braves.