Knights’ Neverett suspended one game by FCBL
NASHUA – Nashua Silver Knights manager B.J. Neverett got the text message, but not the phone call.
So he’s taking matters into his own hands.
Neverett got a text message from Futures Collegiate Baseball League commissioner Chris Hall on Monday saying he was suspended one game after he was ejected arguing a call at second base in Sunday’s loss at the hands of Bristol.
But he didn’t hear from the league on Tuesday as to when he had to serve his suspension, so Neverett announced he will not manage or accompany the team for today’s 11 a.m. game at Brockton.
In his place, pitching coach Kyle Jackson will run the team.
“I didn’t hear anything,” Neverett said, “so I’m suspending myself for (Wednesday). I didn’t get a phone call (Tuesday). So I’ll get out in front of it. I’d rather do it now and get it done.”
Neverett wasn’t told exactly why he was suspended, but after he was tossed he went over to check on the health of Silver Knights shortstop Cody Morissette.
“It was probably the fact I didn’t get off the field immediately,” Neverett said. “That’s the college rule, you have to leave the field right away.”
In fact, Neverett went over to home plate and covered it up with dirt, and left to a standing ovation.
The Silver Knights suffered a blow during the off-day on Monday, as center fielder Luke Tyree’s sore knee reached the point that he had to be sidelined indefinitely. He’ll have an MRI as soon as possible, and then go from there. Tyree has been bothered by the knee since the beginning of the season, as it tends to stiffen after games.
With the injury, Austin White takes over center field for now. Neverett used Andrew Gorham in right in Game 1 of Tuesday’s twinbill with North Shore and Teddy Beaudet, who caught the first game, started in right in the second.
Later this week, popular outfielder/reliever Cam Cruz will likely be activated, Neverett said. Cruz, who broke his ankle and had surgery in February, will be used only as a reliever, a role he perfected late last season and in the playoffs. He won’t hit or run, Neverett said.
“He really can’t run well,” Neverett said. “We’ll get him out there and give him a few outings (on the mound) and go from there. He really hasn’t done much.”
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