Aramis Ramirez has been eyewitness to so many controversies during his eight years in Chicago he may have built up immunity.
Between Sammy Sosa, Carlos Zambrano and Milton Bradley, Ramirez has seen it all. Almost.
But after being involved in a dugout scuffle with pitcher Carlos Silva on Wednesday in Maryvale, Ariz., Ramirez himself was suddenly in the spotlight. Not surprisingly, he brushed it off as “part of the game.”
“That happens everywhere,” he said. “Everything is not going to be (perfect). You’re going to have ups and downs. It’s a long season. Stuff like that is going to happen.”
But “stuff like that” seems to happen more to the Cubs.
Ramirez called it a “misunderstanding” and declined to go into details, though he admitted Silva was upset about three first inning errors, including a ball Ramirez lost in the sun.
“Nobody wants to make errors,” Ramirez said. ‘Nobody feels worse than an infielder or an outfielder when they make errors. We talked about it, and everything’s cool.”
The brouhaha began after the first inning, after Silva gave up six runs. Two long home runs and the three errors upset him and he made an impromptu comment in the dugout about the defensive lapses. Ramirez was not amused.
TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE
Major league security officials met with the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday and delivered their annual spring lecture to the players on the pitfalls of their profession. The danger of drinking and driving was on the docket.
Coco Crisp attended the meeting. Hours earlier he was in jail.
Crisp was arrested early Wednesday in Scottsdale, Ariz., on suspicion of drunk driving, the third major leaguer to be so charged during spring training.
The St. Louis Cardinals expect Chris Carpenter to miss at least one spring start even though the right-hander’s strained left hamstring is feeling better. The Los Angeles Dodgers signed pitcher Clayton Kershaw to a one-year deal worth $500,000. The left-hander earned $440,000 last season, when he went 13-10 with a 2.91 ERA and 212 strikeouts in 204 innings. Colorado Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez was scratched from his scheduled start against San Diego because of a nail infection on his pitching hand. San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said Barry Zito remains his No. 4 starter and said he told the left-hander so in a meeting earlier in the day. Boston Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett will miss his scheduled spring training start today because of concussion symptoms. Beckett was hit on the left temple while shagging balls in the outfield during batting practice Monday. Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira has ended his relationship with longtime agent Scott Boras.