Boston Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster accepted his punishment without admitting any misdeed.
Dempster was suspended for five games and fined by Major League Baseball on Tuesday for intentionally hitting New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez with a pitch last weekend.
While Dempster still maintains he was only trying to establish the inside part of the plate and wasn’t trying to hit Rodriguez on purpose, he will not contest the punishment.
“I thought about appealing,” Dempster said. “At the end of the day, I think Major League Baseball does a really good job of thinking through punishments before they hand them out. I thought it was in the best interest of us as a team to go ahead and serve my suspension.”
Yankees manager Joe Girardi was fined for arguing with plate umpire Brian O’Nora.
Dempster’s fine was $2,500 and Girardi’s was $5,000, people familiar with the discipline said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the amounts were not announced.
Astros catcher on concussion DL
Houston Astros catcher Carlos Corporan was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list, a day after being struck in the head by a foul tip.
Corporan was headed back to Houston, where he was slated to see a specialist today.
“It’s unfortunate for Corporan, and we’re very concerned about his well-being,” manager Bo Porter said. “Whenever you start to talk concussion and slow to respond, it’s something that we all take serious.”
Around the leagues
The Texas Rangers put right-hander Alexi Ogando on the disabled list for the third time this season. Texas made the move three days after Ogando had an injection because of an inflamed nerve in his right shoulder. …The San Francisco Giants placed right-hander Chad Gaudin on the 15-day disabled list with carpal tunnel syndrome. … A New York Mets doctor is recommending that right-hander Jeremy Hefner have Tommy John surgery. Hefner was put on the disabled list last week. He said he’s been dealing with a sore elbow all season. … Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer was scratched from the lineup against the Detroit Tigers because he experienced dizziness Tuesday night in batting practice.