Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus quickly apologized for making a sarcastic remark after Detroit’s latest loss when he told reporters that he beats his wife when his team isn’t playing well.
Ausmus was asked after Detroit’s 2-1 loss to Kansas City on Wednesday how his mood is when he heads home from the ballpark these days. The Tigers have dropped 20 of 29.
Ausmus, clearly trying to joke, said: “I beat my wife.” After a brief pause, he said: “I’m just kidding around. No, luckily my wife and kids are fantastic. I do get a little mopey at home, but my wife and kids are good.”
About a minute later, without being prompted, Ausmus said: “I didn’t want to make light of battered women. I didn’t mean to make light of that, so I apologize for that if that offended anyone.”
ASSIGNMENT — The Tigers have designated reliever Evan Reed for assignment, calling up right-hander Chad Smith from Triple-A Toledo. Reed went 0-1 with a 4.88 ERA for the Tigers. In his last 11 appearances, the right-hander posted a 7.71 ERA. Manager Ausmus says the move had nothing to do with Reed’s legal situation. Reed faces a sexual assault complaint, though prosecutors have not yet said whether he will be charged.
INJURY — National League home run leader Giancarlo Stanton left the Miami Marlins’ game against the Chicago Cubs with a bruised left wrist but said he expects to be back in the lineup today. Stanton was hurt when he hit the fence in right field chasing Chris Coghlan’s double in the first inning. Stanton hit his 20th homer in the bottom of the first but said the wrist bothered him more as the game progressed, and he left after six innings. Stanton also leads the NL with 57 RBI.
ACTIVATED — The Washington Nationals activated left-hander Gio Gonzalez from the 15-day disabled list and optioned left-hander Xavier Cedeno to Triple-A Syracuse. Gonzalez was returning from left shoulder inflammation. In two rehab starts with Class A Potomac, he pitched 7⅔ innings, allowing nine earned runs on nine hits and eight walks.
CONTRACT — Veteran right-hander Brad Penny has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Miami Marlins pending a physical. Penny went 14-10 for the Marlins’ World Series championship team in 2003. He hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012, when he appeared in 22 games with San Francisco, all in relief, and had an ERA of 6.11. He was released from a minor-league contract by the Kansas City Royals in March.
APPEAL LOST — Boston Red Sox pitcher Brandon Workman lost an appeal of his six-game suspension for throwing near the head of Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria and he began serving it Wednesday. Workman was ejected from a May 30 game against the Rays for throwing up and behind third baseman Longoria. The right-hander appealed and it was upheld.