Rangers pitcher Tanner Scheppers 'sucker-punched' in Cleveland

Rangers relief pitcher Tanner Scheppers says he was sucker-punched close to the team's hotel...

Rangers relief pitcher Tanner Scheppers says he was sucker-punched close to the team's hotel Thursday night in Cleveland. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images/AFP)

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The Texas Rangers were without the services of Tanner Scheppers Friday thanks to an off-field incident in Cleveland.

Relief pitcher Scheppers was "sucker-punched" close to the team's hotel Thursday night, according to Dallas Morning News.

The 26-year-old was allegedly attacked by "several" young males. He wanted to file a police report but officers told him there was little hope of finding the perpetrators.

“They said it happens a lot, actually. I’m just lucky nothing serious really happened. I’m good to pitch for (Saturday)," Scheppers said.

"I was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Scheppers, who has a 1.74 ERA in 46 appearances this season, suffered a blackened left eye, two small cuts above his nose, and a headache.

RIOS SPEAKS OUT

Former Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Alex Rios has had enough.

Now a member of the Chicago White Sox, Rios told CSNChicago.com that a Friday night tweet from a New York-based reporter is completely false.

"He should get his facts right because it puts me in a bad spot," he said.

The tweet said Rios invoked his no-trade clause when the New York Yankees asked the White Sox about potentially acquiring the 32-year-old.

"I was never asked about that," Rios added. "I don't know where he's getting his insights."

Aside from this incident, the outfielder has been linked to potential trades involving the Pittsburgh Pirates and Texas Rangers.

In general, Rios is tired of the rumours in the lead-up to the July 31 trade deadline.

"It has been a lot distractions," Rios said. "It's causing a lot of distractions."

In 98 games this season, Rios is hitting a solid .273 with 12 home runs and 43 RBI.

PUJOLS SIDELINED

One of the game's all-time best hitters is staring down some injury trouble at the moment.

Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols missed his club's game against the Oakland A's Saturday in order to care for an injured left foot.

Pujols, a two-time National League batting champ, was hurt in the ninth inning of Friday's game.

"It's sorer than anything he's dealt with or he's been playing through," Angels manager Mike Scioscia told reporters prior to Saturday's game.

"We'll just see what happens."

The 33-year-old has battled through foot issues all season. To get by, he has been able to slide into the designated hitter spot most nights.

Pujols is hitting .258 with 17 home runs and 64 RBI in 99 games this season.

YANKS GM OVERRULED?

Did New York Yankees ownership take some power away from Brian Cashman this week?

According to New York Post sources, the general manager was against the idea of the Yankees acquiring outfielder Alfonso Soriano from the Chicago Cubs.

Of course, New York did bring its former player back in a Friday swap that saw young pitcher Corey Black go to the Windy City.

"I would say we are in a desperate time," Cashman said when asked about the trade. "Ownership wants to go for it. I didn't want to give up a young arm. But I understand the desperate need we have for offence."

In his debut Friday, Soriano drove in a run while hitting in the cleanup spot.

BRIEFLY

Yankees first baseman Travis Hafner has a sore shoulder that will require an MRI, according to ESPN New York ... Cuban pitching prospect Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez signed a six-year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies ... Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, previously out with a knee injury, returned to the lineup Saturday ... St. Louis Cardinals activated outfielder Matt Holliday from the 15-day disabled list ... Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jason Grilli won't require surgery to repair a flexor strain in his right arm. Grilli, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, will simply rest his arm.


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