MLB notebook: Stiffer drug penalties will wait until 2014
Baseball players' union head Michael Weiner said toughening penalties for drug violations will have to wait until the 2014 season.
“There are going to be talks. I don't know what the result is going to be,” he said Sunday after meeting with the Orioles as part of his tour of the 30 spring training camps.
The current sanctions have been in place since the 2006 season: 50 games for a first offense, 100 for a second and a lifetime ban for a third. Selig held a news conference Saturday and said he wanted increased penalties as soon as possible.
“Starting this offseason, we had substantial discussion among player leadership about whether the penalty structure we have is right — whether there should be increases — whether there should be a differential penalty for intentional or unintentional users,” Weiner said.
Yankees' Ichiro fine after car accident
Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki is fine and has no soreness one day after being involved in a traffic accident. Suzuki was on his way home after Saturday's spring training game against Detroit when the accident occurred a few miles from Steinbrenner Field in Tampa. Suzuki said Sunday his SUV was totaled in the accident.
Angels' Trout not fishing for big raise
Angels slugger Mike Trout figures if he keeps producing like he did during his historic rookie season, he'll be in line for a handsome raise soon enough.
The Angels renewed the contract of the AL Rookie of the Year for $510,000 on Saturday, just $20,000 above the major league minimum, prompting an angry response from Trout's agent.
“I mean, my time will come,” Trout said before a team meeting.
Cubs' Garza to start season on DL
Matt Garza will start the season on the disabled list because of an injured muscle in his side that is preventing the right-hander from throwing, and Jeff Samardzija will be the Opening Day starter for the Cubs.
Furcal suffers setback in recovery
Rafael Furcal had hoped to make his spring training debut Sunday. Instead, the 35-year-old shortstop was told to stop baseball activities. Trying to come back from a torn ligament in his right elbow, the three-time All-Star has been told he must have additional medical tests.
Cards' Matheny has ruptured disk
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has a ruptured disk in his back. Matheny, a major league catcher from 1994-2006, is scheduled to have an epidural injection Monday to reduce inflammation and get a particle off a nerve.
World Baseball Classic
Japan beat China, 5-2, to improve to 2-0 in Group A. Yoshio Itoi broke the game open with a bases-clearing double to center field that made it 5-0 for the hosts. ... Dai-Kang Yang hit a two-run homer to pace host Taiwan (2-0) to an 8-3 victory over Netherlands (1-1) in a Group B game.
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