Two pieces of news breaking Friday night involving the Red Sox and White Sox, both off the field:
• The Red Sox announced some stunning news, as low Class A Greenville first baseman Anthony Rizzo will miss the rest of the season after being diagnosed with Limited Stage Classical Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. According to a statement by the organization, Rizzo is being treated by a team of doctors as an out-patient at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Oncology Unit. After a few days in Boston, he’s expected to return home to the Miami area and continue treatment, which could take six to eight months. The organization says he’s expected to have an "excellent chance of cure and complete recovery."
Rizzo, a sixth-round pick last year out of Douglas High in Parkland, Fla., was off to an outstanding start, hitting .373 (31-for-83) with six doubles and 11 RBIs in 21 games. He had not played since April 26.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Anthony and his family at this very difficult time,” Red Sox executive vice president/general manager Theo Epstein said in the statement. “We are optimistic about his recovery and look forward to the day he can return to the playing field.”
• From the other Sox, the White Sox fired Dave Wilder, their director of player personnel, and two other scouts after a two-month investigation by Major League Baseball’s Department of Investigations, according to the team and the Associated Press.
General manager Kenny Williams told the AP he could not elaborate on Wilder’s firing and those of Victor Mateo and Domingo Toribio, but MLB has turned its evidence and findings over to federal authorities, hinting at the severity of the investigation. Williams and Wilder were close friends and The White Sox said the three were dismissed “for actions in Latin America that were violations of club policy and standards” but did not elaborate.
Wilder has had a hand in both the scouting and player-development departments for the Sox and was in charge of Latin operations. He’s previously worked for the Brewers, Cubs and Braves in various scouting and farm department capacities.
“As to the what and the why, I’m not at liberty to expound on that.”