Tuesday, April 15, 2014
No fine yet for Farrell; Koji close to return
By Gordon Edes
CHICAGO -- Some quick hits from U.S. Cellular Field, where batting practice on the field was called off for both teams because of the cold, but when folks do emerge from inside everyone will be wearing No. 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson, 67 years after he broke baseball’s color barrier.
* Manager John Farrell said he has not been informed that he has been fined by MLB for his remarks Sunday regarding the new replay system, but he expects to have his wallet lightened. Farrell said he spoke with Tony La Russa, who works for the commissioner’s office and helped to devise the replay system.
"I can't say there are going to be changes based on what we experienced over the weekend, but overall it was a good conversation," Farrell said.
Farrell was ejected by first-base umpire Bob Davidson after erupting in anger when umpires reversed an out call at first base on what would have been an inning-ending double play.
“Somebody asked me, did I ask him to go to Fuddruckers?" Farrell said. “Somebody actually asked me that.’’
* Farrell said reliever Koji Uehara will throw a bullpen session Wednesday and should be available to pitch in the series finale here Thursday. Uehara threw at a greater intensity Tuesday while long-tossing with teammate Junichi Tazawa than he did on Sunday, more indication that the stiffness in his right shoulder has ceased to be an issue. The team said no structural damage was found when Uehara was examined by the club’s medical staff on Monday.
* Farrell said that once the original inflammation subsides in Dustin Pedroia’s left wrist, the club will monitor how much extra work he does -- early hitting and the like -- to make sure he does not aggravate the condition. Pedroia was administered a cortisone ejection on Monday and said he hopes to play on Wednesday.
* Shane Victorino’s rehab assignment has been delayed by inclement weather in the Northeast, Farrell said. Victorino has been working out at Fenway Park, Farrell said. The idea is for the outfielder to work through a progression that gets him back to nine innings (first playing four or five innings, then six or seven), and then back-to-back games, before he is activated.
* Tweet from Jackie Bradley Jr.: “Thank you, Jackie Robinson.” David Ortiz tweeted: “Would not be where I am today if it wasn't for Jackie Robinson ... a true hero.’’
* Farrell on Robinson and MLB honoring him again: “A great day for baseball ... personally I could never fathom what he went through, the challenges he faced.’’
* The Cubs announced that former Red Sox outfielder Darnell McDonald, who had announced his retirement after not making the club this spring, has been hired as an assistant in baseball operations.