Los Angeles right-handed pitcher Michael Lorenzen has been using baseball in games, with Seattle Mariners outfielder Justin Upton having a problem after being hit in the head on the pitch on Friday.
Upton suffered a head injury in the fifth inning on the same day he was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma. Seattle manager Scott Service said Upton looked okay.
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Lorenzen said he “slipped” out of his hands while throwing the ball.
“I do not know what Major League Baseball is playing with these baseballs, but it completely slipped out of my hands. It’s just a crazy man,” Lorenzen told reporters after the game. By SoCal News Group. “As a kid you thought Major League Baseball was a great thing, and you came here and you realized what they’re doing? Suddenly they’re going to change baseball.”
“These baseballs are soft. They hurt someone. So it’s definitely in Major League Baseball. I do not know what’s going on. These baseballs went straight out of the package.”
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Baseball manipulation allegations and the crackdown on “sticky stuff” were a major topic of conversation last season. MLB prohibits players from using any material to gain a better grip on baseball and requires pitchers to check with the umpires after each inning.
New York Mets slugger Pete Alonso has also suggested that MLB is manipulating baseball to stifle the free-agent market. The team is literally on target after being knocked down several times by several teams at the start of the season.
Mets pitcher Chris Basit said he had something to do with the baseball at the time.
“It’s very annoying that your teammates are constantly hurting, and that’s what it would be like if you were hurt by a few pitches, but the amount we hit by hitting on the head is unbelievable,” Basit said. “I had some intimate calls tonight, and I was punched in the face [by a line drive] And I do not want to do that to anyone, but MLB has a very big problem with baseball. They are bad. Everyone in the league knows that. Every stalk knows it. They are bad.
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“They do not care. MLB does not care much about it. They do not care. We told them our problems and they do not care.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.