A high school pitcher from San Diego taken by the New York Yankees in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft is apologizing for comments that barbed the team.
Ian Clarkin, 18, was picked Thursday night. Right after being chosen, MLB Network showed a video in which Clarkin said he “cannot stand” the Yankees.
On a conference call Friday, Clarkin said he was sorry. He said the remarks were taken out of context and meant to tease his mother, a Yankees fan.
“First and foremost, I want to apologize to all the Yankee fans for my comments,” Clarkin said.
Clarkin was shown recalling his reaction to Arizona beating the Yankees in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series.
“I cannot stand the Yankees, so I was actually in tears, I was so happy,” Clarkin said on the video.
STRASBURG ON THE MEND
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson said star pitcher Stephen Strasburg has done well in a bullpen session.
The injured right-hander threw Saturday before the Nationals played Minnesota. Strasburg is on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained muscle in his back.
Johnson said Strasburg is scheduled throw a simulated game Tuesday and is on track to come off the disabled list June 16 and start at Cleveland.
Johnson also said All-Star outfielder Bryce Harper reported that the swelling was down in his ailing left knee.
Harper will visit orthopedist James Andrews on Monday for a second opinion on the knee injury he suffered after he ran into the wall at Dodger Stadium on May 13. He hasn’t played since May 26 and is eligible to come off the disabled list Tuesday.
The Astros claimed left-hander Wade LeBlanc off waivers from the Marlins and expect to use him out of the bullpen to provide depth in long relief. … The Tigers are skipping Anibal Sanchez’s next start and plan to pitch Jose Alvarez in his place Sunday against the Cleveland Indians. Sanchez said there’s tightness in the back of his right shoulder. … The Orioles reinstated reliever Pedro Strop from the 15-day disabled list. Strop had been sidelined since May 24 because of a lower back strain. … Robin Ventura was back managing the White Sox after missing two games to attend his daughter’s high school graduation in California. … The Padres recalled right-hander Burch Smith from Triple-A Tucson, and optioned pitcher Brad Boxberger to their top farm team. … The Rockies activated left-hander Jeff Francis from the 15-day disabled list and designated right-hander Jon Garland for assignment. The team also recalled outfielder Tyler Colvin from Triple-A Colorado Springs and optioned left-hander Josh Outman to the Sky Sox. … The Pirates put pitcher Jared Hughes on the 15-day disabled list because of inflammation in his right shoulder and recalled outfielder Alex Presley from Triple-A Indianapolis. … The Reds called up right-hander Curtis Partch from Triple-A Louisville and optioned pitcher Logan Ondrusek to the Bats. … The Mets called up right-hander David Aardsma from Triple-A Las Vegas and optioned right-hander Collin McHugh to the 51s.