Red Sox Pitcher Appeals Suspension; Ortiz Criticizes Price Again
New York — Boston pitcher Brandon Workman appealed a six-game suspension imposed by Major League Baseball on Tuesday for throwing near the head of Tampa Bay star Evan Longoria last week.
Workman can play until the appeal process is complete, and was expected to make his scheduled start tonight against the Cleveland Indians.
The penalty, which also included a fine, was announced by MLB Senior Vice President Joe Garagiola Jr. Workman’s high-and-tight pitch came after the teams had been warned about further trouble.
“That was ascertained in the video. Thus, I think that’s appropriate,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said before Tuesday night’s game at Miami.
Red Sox first baseman Mike Carp was hit on the arm Friday by a fourth-inning pitch from Tampa Bay ace David Price, who also plunked slugger David Ortiz on the hip in the first inning — triggering umpires to issue warnings to both teams.
The fact Workman was disciplined and Price wasn’t did not sit well with the Red Sox and Ortiz in particular, who again criticized the Rays ace prior to Tuesday’s game against the Indians.
“I don’t think what they’re doing is fair,” Ortiz said. “I think the rules should be for everybody. We didn’t start this up. I didn’t hit nobody. Workman didn’t hit anybody in the first inning. He did.”
Rays OF Out 6 Weeks
Miami — Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Wil Myers is expected to be sidelined for more than six weeks because of a stress fracture in his right wrist.
The Rays said Tuesday that Myers will be in a cast for five to six weeks and then start rehabilitation. Tests determined the extent of the injury after Myers was hurt last week and went on the disabled list.
Manager Joe Maddon said Myers’ spot will be filled mostly by Ben Zobrist and Kevin Kiermaier. Myers is batting .227 with five homers and 25 RBIs.
Myers was hurt when he landed following a collision with teammate Desmond Jennings in the outfield on Friday in Boston.