Lace Major League Baseball suspended Toronto Blue Jays reliever Ryan Borucki for three games for intentionally hitting Kevin Kiermaier of the Tampa Bay Rays.
Wednesday’s incident and suspension announced Thursday were the latest episode in a series of controversies between the two teams of the East Division of the American League.
The Major League Baseball office also imposed an undisclosed fine. The Blue Jays began a four-game series Thursday in Minnesota.
The Puerto Rican manager Charlie Montoyo was suspended a match and must also pay a financial penalty. He began to purge his punishment immediately.
Borucki appealed the decision made by Major League Baseball Vice President Mike Hill. It postpone the application of the punishment while the case is under review Major League Baseball Special Adviser John McHale Jr.
The pitcher was expelled from the game after hitting Kiermaier in the back in the eighth inning.
Two days before the pitch, Kiermaier had seized a scorecard that fell from Mexican catcher Alejandro Kirk’s wristband. during a play at the plate. Kiermaier refused to return the card.
Borucki had said that hit Kiermaier accidentally with its release.