PITTSBURGH — A man attacked the wife of Pirates C Chris Snyder in a traffic dispute while Snyder sat in the car, unable to get out because of last week's back surgery, Pittsburgh police said Thursday.
Carla Snyder and the scooter-riding man, Subhash Arjanbhi Modhwadia, nearly collided Wednesday. Modhwadia, 44, followed the car to a gas station, kicked it and swung at Carla Snyder, police said. He also ripped a mirror off the car.
A passer-by and off-duty police officer subdued him. Modhwadia bit the bystander and threw punches with keys between his fingers, police said. The Snyders' two children also were in the car.
Modhwadia was being held on $25,000 bail.
The Pirates said the team is "grateful for those bystanders who stepped up to assist Chris to ensure no physical harm was done to his wife and children."
Mauer back today: The Twins said C Joe Mauer will be activated today. The four-time All-Star has been out since April 12 with soreness and weakness in his legs and throwing shoulder. Coming off offseason knee surgery, he was batting .235 with one extra-base hit.
More Twins: RH closer Joe Nathan will head to Triple A this weekend to continue his rehab from a strained forearm.
Braves: 3B Chipper Jones left in the ninth inning with a strained adductor muscle in his right leg and is day to day. Also, RHP Tommy Hanson will miss tonight's start due to tendinitis in his shoulder. RHP Randall Delgado, among Atlanta's top prospects, will be called up from Double A to make his debut.
Cardinals: LF Matt Holliday was activated after missing 13 games with a left quadriceps injury. RH reliever Eduardo Sanchez went on the DL with a strained right shoulder.
Mariners: 2B Dustin Ackley, Seattle's top prospect and the No. 2 overall pick in 2009, was called up and is expected to debut today.
Orioles: RHP Jeremy Guthrie left after five innings against the Blue Jays because of a strained back. He will be evaluated today.
Padres: The No. 51 of Trevor Hoffman, whose 601 saves are the most in major-league history, will be retired Aug. 21. Hoffman, 43, retired in January after 18 seasons and now is a special assistant in the Padres' front office.
Phillies: LH reliever J.C. Romero, who had been with Philadelphia since 2007, was designated for assignment. The team has 10 days to trade him or put him on waivers.
Tigers: 3B Brandon Inge, out since June 1 with mono, started a rehab assignment at Triple A and is expected to be activated June 24.
Yankees: RHP Brian Gordon signed then started against Texas. Gordon, 32, spent 10 seasons in the minors as an outfielder. He became a pitcher in 2007 and appeared in three games for Texas in 2008. This year, he was 5-0 with a 1.14 ERA for the Phillies' Triple-A affiliate before opting out of his contract, which he was allowed to do if another team wanted to sign him.
Dykstra case: Former Phillies and Mets outfielder Lenny Dykstra pleaded not guilty to grand theft auto and drug possession charges in Los Angeles. He remained in jail on $500,000 bail and is set for a pretrial hearing on July 11. Prosecutors say Dykstra, 48, and two others leased three high-end cars by providing phony information. When arrested, police say they found cocaine, Ecstasy and synthetic human growth hormone. Monday, Dykstra pleaded not guilty to bankruptcy fraud.