Rangers 3B Cabrera returns from 3-game suspension

June 28, 2019
Chicago White Sox catcher Zack Collins, left, reaches to tag out Texas Rangers' Asdrubal Cabrera (14) as umpire Ed Hickox looks on in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, June 22, 2019. Cabrera was trying to score on a double by Logan Forsythe. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Texas Rangers third baseman Asdrúbal Cabrera returned to the starting lineup Friday night against Tampa Bay after serving a three-game suspension for hitting an umpire with equipment.

Cabrera missed a series in Detroit after Major League Baseball reduced his suspension from four games.

Cabrera initially appealed the four-game suspension and undisclosed fine that MLB handed down a week ago after umpire crew chief Bill Miller was hit on the foot by a small plastic guard or batting gloves. Cabrera had tossed the plastic guard with the gloves wrapped inside of it after his ejection in the sixth inning of a 4-2 win over Cleveland on June 20.

Also Friday, the Rangers claimed right-hander Jesse Biddle off waivers from Seattle and unconditionally released left-hander Drew Smyly after he cleared waivers.

Biddle will be added to the active roster when he reports, which is not expected until Monday.

AL All-Star DH Hunter Pence, out since June 17 with a strained right groin, ran the bases and worked out in the outfield.

“Today was a good day,” Pence said. “I was strong, which was the main thing. It responded well. I pushed it, and it’s responding well.”

Pence could be back next week.

“I’m thinking of Sunday at the earliest, but I still don’t think that’s a good idea,” Texas manager Chris Woodward said. “If he doesn’t play this weekend, he probably will play a couple rehab games.”


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