Texas Rangers reliever Tanner Scheppers didn't pitch on Friday because he was unavailable after getting "sucker punched" by several males on the streets of downtown Cleveland on Thursday night.
Scheppers went to get a bite to eat after the team arrived, and the incident occurred about two blocks from the team hotel. There was no robbery and the Cleveland police are aware of the situation, although a report was not filed.
Scheppers has a bruise on his left eye and a couple cuts, but is available tonight.
"One of those freak things," Scheppers said. "I was just getting food and was blindsided. ... It's something you don't want to be talking about. You want to be talking about baseball things."
Scheppers said he was fortunate that he didn't suffer more serious injuries. He passed all concussion tests, but was shaken up by the incident and had a headache which kept him out of Friday's game.
Scheppers said he did not retaliate, saying: "I dropped like a sack of potatoes." The men then scattered, Scheppers said.
Scheppers said the police informed him that these situations are somewhat common downtown.
-- Drew Davison