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Report: MLB may look into Ortiz ‘recruitment’ of Encarnacion


Report: MLB may look into Ortiz ‘recruitment’ of Encarnacion

David Ortiz used his lovefest at his final All-Star Game this week to openly wish for the Blue Jays’ Edwin Encarnacion and the Marlins’ Jose Fernandez to join the Red Sox. 

Now, Major League Baseball may want to have a little talk with Big Papi about that because Ortiz’s comments may constitute tampering, reports Toronto radio host Jeff Blair on in Canada.

In a column that, among other things, refers to Fenway Park as “North America’s oldest public urinal,” Blair also bitterly addresses John Farrell’s move from Toronto to Boston -- “…there wasn’t a person in Toronto’s front office who didn’t think there were backchannel advances made to either Farrell or one of the coaches who bailed along with him.”

Encarnacion is a free agent after the season, and Ortiz implied he could be Big Papi's replacement as DH with the Red Sox, and Fernandez is under the Marlins’ control for two more years. Earlier, Pedro Martinez was rebuked by MLB for tweeting that he could picture Fernandez in a Red Sox uniform.

Blair quoted “a baseball source familiar with the commissioner’s office and its thinking on tampering” as saying: “It’s a perception thing, more than anything else, in a case like this. It’s a way of telling everybody to shut the hell up, and it’s especially important to make sure fans feel everything is above board.”

The tampering penalty is usually a hefty fine to a team. 

Red Sox minor leaguer Oscar Hernandez suspended for second positive drug test

Red Sox minor leaguer Oscar Hernandez suspended for second positive drug test

Red Sox minor league catcher Oscar Hernandez has been handed a 50-game suspension for a second positive test for a drug of abuse, our own Evan Drellich reports.

Hernandez signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox in January and currently is on the Triple-A Pawtucket roster. The 24-year-old will be able to return in late May.





Wright suspended 15 games for violation of domestic-violence policy

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Wright suspended 15 games for violation of domestic-violence policy

Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright will be suspended 15 games for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy, NBC Sports Boston has learned. The league is set to make the announcement Friday.

Wright, working his way back from right knee surgery, has to serve the suspension when healthy. Potential time on the disabled list to begin the season would not count. Wright is not expected to appeal.

Wright was arrested at his Tennessee home in December following an incident involving his wife, Shannon. Wright was charged with domestic assault and preventing a 911 call, which are misdemeanors in Tennessee, and released on a $2,500 bond.

The case in December was retired by the Williamson County courthouse. If Wright commits no other offenses for a 12-month span, the charges are expected to be dropped.

Fifteen games matches the lowest suspension MLB has given out in relation to a domestic violence case since the league and players union agreed to a policy in 2015. Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia was suspended 15 games in March 2017.

"It's a situation that, it sucks not only for me, but for my family, for the team," Wright told reporters in Florida on Thursday. "But I try not to think about it. When MLB comes out with their discipline, or if there's going to be discipline or not, it's just going to go from there."

Wright said this spring that he did not harm his wife.

“We’ve been going to counseling. We’ve been working through it,” Wright said. “We’ve been trying to do as much as we can to put it past us, but it’s hard. Because MLB is doing their investigation and it’s in the limelight. It’s really hard on a personal level to get past something that’s constantly being thrown at you. But I did it to myself. It’s one of those things that I’ve got to live with the consequences that came from my actions that night.”