There were no ejections Friday night when the Indians and White Sox scrummed near home plate in the eighth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field after Jose Abreu was hit in the head by a James Karinchak pitch. Acting manager DeMarlo Hale, however, said he would not be surprised if crew chief Sam Holbrook talked to both managers before Saturday night’s game.
Friday was a difficult day for Cleveland Indians fans who were hopeful that the 2021 season was still a race between the Tribe and White Sox for the AL Central Title. Instead, the Indians not only went the other direction with the deals they made, they also ended the deadline already having lost their manager - Terry Francona - for the rest of the year due to health problems. Gone are Cesar Hernandez, Eddie Rosario, Yanier Diaz and Phil Maton, along with Jordan Luplow and DJ Johnson.
Eddie Rosario had moments for the Indians. Not nearly enough of them. Reshuffling its roster with an eye toward the future with several deals before the trading deadline Friday, Cleveland traded Rosario to the Atlanta Braves, who needed another quality hitter to make a run for the NL East.