Kirk Gibson would like to have a private conversation with disgraced slugger Ryan Braun.
The Arizona Diamondbacks manager said Sunday that “cheaters” like Braun rob other players of opportunities for moments such as his pinch-hit home run during the ninth inning of Game 1 of the 1988 World Series for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Braun accepted a 65-game suspension last month. The Milwaukee Brewers star apologized for “mistakes” but has yet to publicly admit to using performance-enhancing drugs.
“If I get a chance to see Braun, I’ve got a question for him right to his face, you know?” Gibson said before his game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. “Is he about rehearsed (enough) by now, you think? About ready to come out? He’s probably practicing at the theater school somewhere. Just you look at how things like that can influence people’s opportunities and an opportunity to do something like that.”
HAPP, COBB TALK INJURIES
Having both come back from scary head injuries, J.A. Happ and Alex Cobb got together at the stadium where they both got hurt.
The two pitchers had texted each other since getting hurt, but on Sunday they met reporters before Toronto played at Tampa Bay.
“I think the key thing is we were both able to come back,” said Happ, who allowed two runs over 5 innings in his return to Tropicana Field on Saturday night, a 6-2 victory for the Blue Jays.
It was Happ’s third start since returning from the disabled list. He suffered a skull fracture and sprained right knee when he fell to the ground after getting hit with a liner by Desmond Jennings on May 7.
Cobb made his first big league start in two months on Thursday, giving up one run over five innings in the Rays’ 7-1 victory over Seattle. The right-hander sustained a concussion after being struck on the right ear on a liner by Kansas City’s Eric Hosmer on June 15.
“Not too many people know what you’re going through on a personal level,” Cobb said. “I think both of us, when we got back out there, it was kind of a normal feeling.”
Mike Trout left the Angels’ game against the Astros in the sixth inning with tightness in his right hamstring. Trout doesn’t think the injury is serious. … The Mets placed right-hander Jenrry Mejia on the 15-day disabled list after he had to leave Saturday’s start because he experienced pain in his surgically repaired elbow. … The Braves changed their rotation for their upcoming series at the Mets after they had to use starter Kris Medlen in relief during Saturday night’s 15-inning game. Medlen had been scheduled for Tuesday’s opening game in New York. Instead, Brandon Beachy will move up one day to start on Tuesday. Alex Wood also moves up one day for Wednesday’s start.