Joe Torre says discipline for those involved in Rangers-Blue Jays brawl is coming soon

Jose Bautista, Rougned Odo
Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista (19) gets punched by Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor (12) after Bautista slid into second in the eighth inning on May 15.
(Richard W. Rodriguez / Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

Joe Torre, chief baseball officer for Major League Baseball, said that discipline is obviously coming for those involved in Sunday’s melee between the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers, possibly as soon as Tuesday.

At a news conference Monday, Torre said of the punch that Texas’ Roughned Odor connected with the jaw of Toronto’s Jose Bautista, “it certainly wasn’t pretty and I hate seeing that stuff.”

Torre said it’s tough enough staying healthy in baseball without contributing to an incident that “could keep you out of the ballgame or end your career.”

Torre said he would issue a statement “hopefully” by Tuesday.


Pirates put Starling Marte on paternity list

Left fielder Starling Marte was put on the paternity list by the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday and infielder-outfielder Alen Hanson was recalled from triple-A Indianapolis.

Marte batted .369 on the Pirates’ just-completed nine-game homestand to increase his season batting average to .326 in 36 games. He has three home runs, 14 runs batted in and 12 stolen bases.

Players on paternity leave can be away up to three days.


Yankees to get Alex Rodriguez and CC Sabathia back this week

The New York Yankees will get Alex Rodriguez and CC Sabathia back from the disabled list this week.

Rodriguez took batting practice with the team in Phoenix and Manager Joe Girardi said he expects Rodriguez to be activated in Oakland on Thursday, the day he is eligible to come off the 15-day DL.

Girardi said that Sabathia will come off the DL and start Friday night’s game in Oakland.

Rodriguez, hitting .194 with five home runs and 17 RBIs, has been on the DL since May 4 because of a strained right hamstring. Sabathia, 2-2 with a 3.81 earned-run average, went on the DL on May 5 because of a left groin strain.

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