Texas Rangers pitcher Tanner Scheppers sustained facial bruises after he said he was “sucker-punched” while walking in downtown Cleveland this week.
Scheppers had cuts above his nose and bruising around his left eye when he spoke to reporters prior to Saturday night’s game against the Indians.
“I’m just lucky nothing serious happened,” Scheppers said.
Scheppers said he was attacked Thursday night and didn’t file a police report.
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The reliever said he was going out to dinner a few blocks from the team’s hotel after the Rangers arrived in Cleveland late Thursday following their afternoon game in Texas.
Scheppers said he was “sucker-punched by several young males” and knocked to the sidewalk, but never lost consciousness. Scheppers said he wasn’t robbed and that his attackers ran away.
The 26-year-old Scheppers said he was examined by a team doctor after the incident. He said he had a headache at the time but didn’t sustain a concussion.
Scheppers, who stands 6-foot-4 and weighs 200 pounds, said police were called to the scene. The team informed Major League Baseball security.
“I was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Schepper said.
PUJOLS HOME FOR TESTS
Angels slugger Albert Pujols returned to Los Angeles on Saturday morning for further testing on his ailing left foot.
“This is sorer than anything he’s dealt with,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “We’ll just see what happens.”
Scioscia would not address if Pujols could miss the rest of the season, or go on the disabled list.
“He’s sore,” Scioscia said. “We’ll see what’s going on.”
Pujols has been dealing with plantar fasciitis all season. He re-injured his foot running to first base after singling in the ninth inning Friday night.
JETER MAY JOIN YANKEES
Derek Jeter passed one final test of his strained right quadriceps after playing a simulated game on Saturday.
Jeter was at the home of the Staten Island Yankees a little more than 12 miles from where the big league club plays in the Bronx.
“It’s obviously someone we’ve been waiting for for a long time,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “We had him for one day. We won that game, so hopefully his ratio continues.”
If he’s feeling well, Girardi said, Jeter will start at shortstop Sunday for New York.
Houston optioned rookie right-hander Paul Clemens to Triple-A Oklahoma City and recalled left-hander Brett Oberholtzer from Triple-A. … Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford was scratched from the starting lineup for Saturday’s game against Cincinnati after going to the hospital to check out a high fever. … St. Louis left fielder Matt Holliday was activated from the 15-day disabled list and started in the 2-0 loss against he Braves. Holliday had been out since July 12 with a strained right hamstring. The Cardinals optioned outfielder-first baseman Brock Peterson to Triple-A Memphis to clear a roster spot. … The American League had three 1-0 games in one day on Saturday for the first time since 1965.