Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Yankees instructor Gossage absent after controversial remarks

TAMPA — After making comments critical of instant replay in baseball and Panthers QB Cam Newton, Hall of Famer Goose Gossage was not at Steinbrenner Field on Wednesday night when the Blue Jays played the Yankees.

Gossage, a Yankees spring training instructor, criticized Toronto star Jose Bautista last week for his bat flip during last year's playoffs, calling him "a disgrace to the game" during an interview with ESPN.

In remarks about replay published Monday, Gossage told the New York Post: "Who's died in the last 100 years because of a bad call?" He also said "do we want a bunch of Cam Newtons running around?" a reference to the flamboyant NFL player.

Gossage met Friday with New York manager Joe Girardi and GM Brian Cashman. Girardi said there have been no meetings with Gossage since.

"I heard a great comment the other day," Girardi said Wednesday. "There's freedom of speech in our country, but that doesn't always mean that's there not freedom of consequences. Sometimes people want to say there's freedom of speech, but sometimes you're going to be judged on what you say. So, that's part of life."

GARDNER RETURNS: LF Brett Gardner went 0-for-2 in his spring debut during the Yankees' late game against the Blue Jays. Gardner had been held back as he recovered from a left wrist injury suffered in the AL wild-card game.

Phils: Bailey hopes to close

RHP Andrew Bailey, a nonroster invitee to Phillies camp, is making a good impression in his bid to win a spot in the bullpen.

Bailey, 31, struck out all three batters he faced in an inning against the Rays on Tuesday. He has pitched four scoreless innings this spring, allowing one hit with no walks and five strikeouts.

"Bailey looks awfully good," manager Pete Mackanin told CSN Philadelphia after Tuesday's game. "He has a great attitude and a good demeanor on the mound. He throws strikes."

Bailey could be an option to close and said he'd welcome the opportunity. The 2009 AL rookie of the year and a two-time All-Star with the A's, he has battled shoulder problems for years but says he's healthy now.

"They signed me to compete, and I feel like I've put myself in position to see what happens at the end of camp," Bailey said.

Jays: Estrada nears return

TAMPA — Blue Jays RHP Marco Estrada continues to make progress from a lower back injury and could soon appear in a spring game, mlb.com reported.

Estrada, who has been dealing with tightness in his lower back, made his first spring appearance Tuesday with two scoreless innings in a minor-league game. He's expected to be ready for the start of the regular season.

"He threw in the minor leagues and felt really good," Toronto manager John Gibbons told mlb.com.

Estrada, 32, had a career-best 3.13 ERA in 34 appearances, 28 starts, last season.

Yankees instructor Gossage absent after controversial remarks 03/16/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 9:23pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Ever since the Bucs made Gerald McCoy the third overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft, he has struggled to overcome the shadow cast by Pro Bowl defensive tackle Warren Sapp.
  2. HomeTeam 100: Players 41-50

    Footballpreps

    Bulldog QB Charles Harrison III, (12) during the fourth quarter of the Zephyrhills at Nature Coast High School football game on Friday, 11/11/16.
  3. Lake Tarpon bass tournament still going strong after nearly 40 years (w/video)

    Outdoors

    Matt Smith, left, and Gary Muchler, work to bring a large mouth bass into Smith's bass boat with only minutes to spare while fishing off Dolly Bay in Lake Tarpon during the Lake Tarpon Tuesday Night Bass Fishing Tournament on Tuesday (7/18/17). The fish sealed second place for the duo.
  4. Rays series preview: Who are the Orioles?

    Blogs

    After the Rangers swept them over the weekend, the Rays won't have much time to rest, with 14 games scheduled for the next 14 days. The second half of their homestand begins tonight against the Orioles. Here's the information you need to know about Baltimore before the action kicks off.

    Starter Wade Miley has melted down after a hot start.
  5. Sergio Romo celebrates striking out Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers to win Game Four of the Major League Baseball World Series at Comerica Park in 2012.