BASEBALL / DAILY REPORT : Mariners’ Ayala Cuts Wrist in Hotel
Seattle Mariner reliever Bobby Ayala cut his right pitching hand and wrist when a window was broken in his Chicago hotel room.
Ayala, who has been struggling this season, required nine stitches and is expected to be sidelined at least a month, the Mariners said.
Pat Ammiano, security director for the Westin Hotel in Chicago, said employees were called at about 6 a.m. Wednesday by Ayala, who said a window had been broken. The Seattle Times cited unidentified players as saying Ayala punched out the window at about 2 a.m. Mariner officials would not say whether alcohol was involved in the incident.
Six-time batting champion Tony Gwynn of the San Diego Padres will not be in the starting lineup for the eighth consecutive time today when the Padres host the Chicago Cubs. Gwynn has been bothered by an inflamed right heel. He made his last start April 16 against Colorado and was used as a pinch-hitter the following day, but has not played since then.