TB's Elliot Johnson collided with Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli at the plate in the ninth inning of today's exhibition game. Cervelli held onto the ball, but his wrist was broken. Girardi has complained that such a play is unnecessary in a spring training game, due to the risk of injury. Maddon, TB's manager, called it "hardball." Chris Matthews has filed suit.
I have mixed feelings about this one. On the one hand we got a young kid trying to make a big league roster. Frankly, I've never seen that many players get hurt in this kind of play so I'm just not sure if it should be off limits in spring training. On the other hand, it's spring training. You may have just ruined some kids chance to make a major league roster, and for what? To score a run in the ninth inning of a spring training game? Will Maddon still think it's just hardball when the Yanks and TB meet again and the Yanks seek retaliation?