New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Saturday that it was unusual for a player to refuse an MRI, as Noah Syndergaard did Friday, but noted "I can't strap him down and throw him in the tube." Syndergaard is scheduled to start Sunday after being pulled from his start Thursday with biceps and shoulder discomfort. Syndergaard was scheduled for an MRI on Friday, but after throwing a bullpen session, he said he felt great and ready to go against the Washington Nationals. "I think I know my body best," Syndergaard told reporters. "I'm pretty in tune with my body, and that's exactly why I refused to take the MRI." Syndergaard is 1-1 with a 1.73 ERA in four starts. Alderson talked at length
On Sunday, Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes was ejected for throwing at Orioles third baseman Manny Machado‘s head. It was revenge for a slide of Machado’s which ended up injuring Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia. Barnes was suspended four games. Hall of Famer and former Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez said that if he were in Barnes’ shoes, he would have also thrown at Machado, although not necessarily at his head. Via ESPN’s Scott Lauber: If I was pitching, I was going to drill Machado, as much as I love him. The only thing I would’ve done differently is probably bring the ball a little bit lower. Martinez added that Machado “did not intend to hurt Pedroia. And I know that because I know Machado.”
The San Francisco Giants will give Brandon Crawford some extra time to rest his strained right groin, as the club placed the 30-year-old shortstop - who hasn't played since Tuesday - on the 10-day disabled list Saturday after reinstating him from the bereavement list. Crawford's status was murky after he exited Tuesday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers with groin tightness - there wasn't time for him to get examined before he headed to to southern California on Wednesday to attend funeral services for his sister-in-law - but it appears he will need extended recovery time following an MRI on Friday. "I felt it one step, then felt it again, and so I shut it down," Crawford told Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News on Tuesday. In his absence, the Giants will likely continue to use either Eduardo Nunez or recently recalled prospect Christian Arroyo at shortstop.