Major League Baseball announced on Thursday that Jake Marisnick of the Houston Astros will be suspended two games for colliding with Los Angeles Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy.
Joe Torre, Chief Baseball Officer of Major League Baseball, was responsible for ruling on the collision, and explained his reasoning in the statement MLB released about the suspension.
“After thoroughly reviewing the play from all angles, I have concluded that Jake’s actions warrant discipline. While I do not believe that Jake intended to injure Jonathan, the contact he initiated in his attempt to score violated Official Baseball Rule 6.01(i), which is designed to protect catchers from precisely this type of collision.”
Per The Athletic’s Jake Kaplan, Marisnick is appealing the suspension, which will allow him to play until a ruling is made.
Marisnick collided with Lucroy at home plate while trying to score on a sacrifice fly hit by George Springer. The game was tied at the time. Lucroy went down hard and was bleeding from his nose, and had to be carted off the field. He was later diagnosed with a concussion and a broken nose, and will likely be out of action a while.
Following the collision, Marisnick said that he didn’t intentionally try to injure Lucroy.
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