Eleven days before Strickland’s final wrist slap

Harper charges Strickland after getting drilled Memorial Day . . .

Harper charges Strickland after getting drilled Memorial Day . . .

I wondered what was taking so long with Hunter Strickland’s suspension appeal, too. But now we know, thanks to the San Jose Mercury-News‘s Andrew Baggarly: Strickland’s appeal date won’t be until 13 June. And for those who think Bryce Harper got heard a little too swiftly and a little too favourably, there’s more than you think to it.

As Baggarly reports, baseball government—which too often behaves like government government when wisdom is called for—offered to cut Harper’s suspension if he dropped his appeal. Harper accepted the offer and got his suspension reduced to 27 innings. (Three games.)

Not (So Fast,) Melk?

Melky Cabrera has ideas, apparently, about getting back into game shape for the San Francisco Giants’ almost-inevitable trip to this year’s postseason. The Giants, apparently, ┬áhave ideas about telling him not even to think about it, if you believe a columnist for CSNBayArea.com, an NBC Sports Web affiliate, Andrew Baggarly:

Could his postseason welcome wagon blow an axle?

The club is not commenting on Cabrera’s situation, but all indications are that upper management has zero interest in the All-Star Game MVP playing another game in orange and black.