MLB notes: Phillies' Victorino suspended
By QMI Agency
|Members of the Philadelphia Phillies fight with the San Francisco Giants after Shane Victorino was hit by a pitch in the sixth inning at AT&T Park on August 5, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images/AFP)
Philadelphia outfielder Shane Victorino has been suspended for three games for his role in a bench-clearing incident Friday between the Phillies and San Francisco Giants.
Victorino will appeal the punishment. Major League Baseball did not suspend any other players.
The incident stemmed from Giants pitcher Ramon Ramirez hitting Victorino in the back with a pitch in the top of the sixth inning, with the Phillies leading 8-2.
Victorino stepped toward the mound and Ramirez tossed down his glove, while Giants catcher Eli Whiteside tried to intervene. The Phillies' Placido Polanco rushed in from first base and the benches emptied.
Victorino had to be held back by home plate umpire Mike Muchlinski.
Whiteside, Victorino and Ramirez were all ejected and fined undisclosed sums. Polanco also was fined.
Victorino is batting .306 with 11 home runs and 40 RBI for the first-place Phillies.
Reyes hurting again
New York Mets star shortstop Jose Reyes has been sidelined again because of a hamstring injury.
The Mets placed both Reyes and infielder Daniel Murphy on the 15-day disabled list Monday. They were injured Sunday in a game against Atlanta.
Reyes, who leads the NL with a .336 batting average, spent a little over two weeks on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring in July and aggravated the injury Sunday. He had an MRI and was diagnosed with a mild hamstring pull.
Murphy is expected to miss the rest of the season with a strained medial collateral ligament in his left knee. In 109 games this season, Murphy batted .320 with six home runs and 49 RBI.
Rhodes cleared for new start
The Texas Rangers placed pitcher Arthur Rhodes on release waivers Monday. Although Rhodes is 41 and has struggled this season, he might catch on with a playoff contender as a left-handed relief specialist.
Rhodes has appeared in 32 games this season with a 3-3 record and a 4.81 earned-run average.
Millwood heading west?
The Colorado Rockies are expected to sign veteran starting pitcher Kevin Millwood, who was granted his release Sunday from the Boston Red Sox.
Millwood could start Wednesday against the Cincinnati Reds. the Denver Post reported.
The 36-year-old was contemplating retirement when he didn't get called up by Boston this season.
He was 5-1 with triple-A Pawtucket with a 4.28 earned-run average.
Millwood signed a minor-league contract with the Red Sox on May 19. He has a career record of 159-137 with a 4.11 ERA in parts of 14 seasons with the Braves, Rangers, Phillies, Indians and Orioles.
Scott Rolen returned to the Cincinnati Reds clubhouse Monday, saying he was feeling better following shoulder surgery last Wednesday.
The 36-year-old third baseman has been bothered by a sore left shoulder all season. He says he can move it more freely now, but there is no timetable for when he will return to the lineup.