MLB looking into Rodney incident, Leyland says it's no big deal
Major League Baseball officials are looking into the Friday postgame actions of Tigers RHP Fernando Rodney, who threw a ball from the field into the press box where several reporters were working. No one was hurt.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland said before Saturday's game he had spoken with Rodney - who is scheduled to be off today anyway - but downplayed the incident.
"It doesn't bother me at all,'' Leyland said. "There was obviously no intent to do anything wrong. I've seen 30 balls thrown into the stands during batting practice every night. I've seen third base coaches throw them into the stands over the dugout. I don't pay any attention to it.''
One difference is that Rodney was throwing a ball where no one was expecting it or looking for it.