Baltimore Orioles’ Manny Machado was handed a five-game suspension after his appeal was rejected for the incident where he appeared to throw his bat at Oakland Athletic fielders on June 8.
Machado began his five-game ban immediately, starting with last night’s clash against the Texas Rangers, according to MLB.com.
Assuming there are no postponements, the third baseman will be available to return on Saturday when the O’s face Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
The 21-year-old was found guilty of intentionally throwing his bat towards third base after repeated brushback pitches from Oakland reliever Fernando Abad.
The incident was caught on camera at MLB.com and Abad’s first brushback pitch missed Machado’s knees by just a few inches.
Machado’s bat flew widely down to third base but sailed aimlessly away from any of the fielders. The 21-year-old’s actions were enough to clear both benches and temporarily suspend the game.
According to MLB authorities, the tension was increasing throughout the series between the two sides.
Machado hadn’t been happy about a hard tag by A’s third baseman Josh Donaldson and still annoyed by the incident, hit A’s catcher Derek Norris in the helmet during a backswing.
The youngster later apologised for both the hit and the throw and was also fined along with the five-game suspension for throwing his bat at an opponent.
The third baseman had made a solid start to his third season in MLB, scoring 24 runs (seven homers) and 17 RBIs with a .239 batting average in 2014.
But he will now miss the complete four-game series against the Rangers at Oriole Park as well as the opening game against the Red Sox on Friday.
The Orioles are yet to confirm who will fill in for the suspended Machado this week but may look to shift fielders around the park rather than bring in a like-for-like replacement.
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