Brewers utility man Erick Almonte went home to sleep under supervision after becoming the first major leaguer placed on the new seven-day disabled list for concussions.
“We had somebody spend the night with him last night and we didn’t get a call, which is good,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Wednesday. “Any time you have a concussion, the doctors now really don’t like you to spend the night (alone).”
Almonte was hit in the forehead by a ball thrown by third baseman Craig Counsell during batting practice Tuesday. He spent several minutes on the field before getting up and walking to the clubhouse, becoming dizzy and nauseous.
MLB and the players’ union announced a new set of protocols before the start of the season to deal with the head injuries, including the creation of the new seven-day DL to give doctors and players more flexibility to address concussions.
SCHIEFFER ARRIVES IN L.A.
The man appointed to oversee the Los Angeles Dodgers’ daily operations says he has yet to be fully briefed on the team’s finances and is looking forward to meeting with owner Frank McCourt.
Tom Schieffer made his first appearance in Los Angeles on Wednesday. The former Texas Rangers president says his role is to monitor the Dodgers on behalf of Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig.
The Dodgers chose former LA police captain Rich Wemmer as ballpark security chief. The position has been vacant for four months and became an issue when fan Bryan Stow was severely beaten in the Dodger Stadium parking lot on opening day. ... Phillies ace Roy Oswalt left the team for Mississippi, where tornadoes caused deaths and widespread damage near his home. ... Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz left after one at-bat against Arizona with lower back tightness. ... Federal justice officials will meet with baseball representatives after the name of Nationals pitcher Livan Hernandez surfaced in the trial of a convicted drug dealer. Prosecutors presented evidence at the trial that Puerto Rican drug dealer Angel Ayala Vazquez had a Porsche, a Lamborghini and a warehouse containing a recording studio, a barber shop and a car repair shop registered in Hernandez’s name. ... Atlanta pitching coach Roger McDowell issued an apology in response to a fan’s complaint he made crude remarks, gestures and threats before a game in San Francisco. Justin Quinn of Fresno said he saw McDowell make crude sexual gestures at three men during batting practice. Quinn alleges that when he told McDowell that there were children present, McDowell replied that kids don’t belong at a baseball park, picked up a bat and threatened him. ... Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria did some hitting, and then left the team in Minneapolis to start a rehabilitation assignment with Double-A Montgomery. ... Texas put relief pitcher Darren O’Day on the 60-day DL with a partially torn labrum in his left hip. Athletics catcher Kurt Suzuki is on the paternity leave list to be in the Bay Area for the birth of his first child. The A’s recalled catcher Josh Donaldson from Triple-A Sacramento to fill in for Suzuki, who is likely to rejoin the team Friday.