CHICAGO – Commissioner Rob Manfred said Friday that the recent instances of pitchers injuring themselves while batting haven’t changed his opinion that the sport benefits from the two leagues playing under different rules.
St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright tore his left Achilles and will miss the rest of the season, while Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer missed a start after hurting his thumb.
“I understand why there’s talk because we had a couple pitcher injuries while they were batting,” Manfred said before Friday’s game between the Cubs and Brewers. “Over the long haul, I’m a status quo person on the DH. I think the difference between the two leagues is a source of debate among fans, and I’m a big believer in the idea of when people are talking about baseball it’s a good thing.”