DD already has his eye on Maxwell, looks like this will be DD's next move._____________
The Yankees have designated Justin Maxwell for assignment, reports Mark Feinsand of The New York Daily News (on Twitter). Maxwell is out of options.
Maxwell, 28, hit .260/.358/.588 with 16 homers and 11 steals in 204 Triple-A plate appearances last season before injuring his shoulder. The outfielder had a strong showing in Spring Training could get claimed off waivers
I blame Wards suspension on the word Fredri(k. Don't mess with the word Fredi(k! ___________________________________
When Major League Baseball made the 50-game suspension of Orioles minor league catcher Brian Ward official today, Dan Duquette could comment on the situation with Ward for the first time.
Here is the release from MLB:
The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Baltimore Orioles Minor League catcher Brian Ward has received a 50-game suspension after a second violation of the Minor
League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program for a drug of abuse. The suspension of Ward, who is currently on the roster of the Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds, will be effective immediately.
Duquette did point out that there was some error that listed Ward on Aberdeen's roster and that is not where he was set to play this year.
"He has to serve a 50-game suspension and he has to come back after the suspension. There's not much I can say about it. It is part of the drug testing program that Major League Baseball has in place and we support (that) and are part of Major League Baseball," Duquette said.
Ward was very likely going to be the starting catcher for Double-A Bowie this year, after throwing out more than 52 percent of attempted base stealers for a Single-A Frederi(k team last year that won the Carolina League championship.
Duquette was asked if the organization will welcome Ward back after his suspension ends or if he could face further discipline from the club.
"I think the suspension is part of the program, and the program is in place to dole out sanctions and have the employee return to work," Duquette said.