Suspended Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell planned to watch Friday's game in privacy after his wayward experience the night before.
Bell, who is serving a six-game suspension for his role in a benches-clearing brawl this week, tried unsuccessfully to observe his team from the stands Thursday at SunTrust Park, only to be recognized by fans who wanted to chat and take pictures with him.
"What happened first was I went to the outfield seats because I am allowed in the seats and I blend in," he said before Cincinnati faced the Atlanta Braves. "Nobody's ever known or cared who I [was] or that I do anything, but I don't know. With everything that's gone on the last few days, I sat down and people started coming up to me right away. Then I went into the concourse and was going to move seats. People were like, 'Hey, there's the manager!' I knew this wasn't going to work."
Bell left the ballpark and went to the Omni hotel behind center field. He watched the game for a while, but had to leave the hotel when the satellite TV service went out. He then moved from restaurant to restaurant in the Battery retail area adjacent to the ballpark before heavy storms hit the area and ended the game in the seventh inning.
Bell took an Uber back to the team hotel.
"It seems funny," he said, "but I really was struggling last night."
Bench coach Freddie Benavides is running the team in his absence.
"It's really tough for me," Bell said. "We're in great hands. There's no concern there, but for me it's really tough."
Angels dump catcher
Catcher Jonathan Lucroy, who returned from a concussion and broken nose Wednesday following a home plate collision last month, has been designated for assignment by the Los Angeles Angels.
Lucroy was bowled over at home plate by Houston's Jake Marisnick on July 7. He was placed on the 10-day injured list and missed 18 games. Lucroy was 2-for-4 against Detroit in his final game with the Angels.
Lucroy, 33, batted .242 with seven homers and 30 RBI in 74 games. He signed with the Angels in December.
Catcher Max Stassi, acquired from Houston on Wednesday, was added to the 25-man roster. Left-hander Adam McCreery cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Salt Lake.
Dodgers pitcher hurt
The Los Angeles Dodgers put pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu on the 10-day injured list due to neck soreness. Friday's move was made retroactive to Thursday.
The left-hander leads the majors with a 1.53 earned run average and has 11 wins.
Ryu threw six scoreless innings at Colorado on Wednesday while yielding three hits with a strikeout. He left the game after throwing only 80 pitches.
Dustin May was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Los Angeles also recalled pitcher Tony Gonsolin and optioned Dylan Floro.