Brandon Workman suspended 6 games, will appeal; no suspension for David Price

June 03, 2014 - 11:31 am
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Major League Baseball announced a six-game suspension for Red Sox right-hander Brandon Workman after he was ejected from a game against the Rays last Friday for throwing behind the head of Rays third baseman Evan Longoria after both sides had been warned in the first inning of their contest. Workman was also fined. According to a league source, Workman's suspension stemmed from the fact that his pitch was in the vicinity of Longoria's head. Workman has said he will appeal the suspension, allowing the righty to make his next scheduled start, Wednesday. '€œIt wasn'€™t intentional, it was raining, the ball slipped out of my hand," said Workman, who said the incident was the first ejection of his life. "They can take that into consideration." The two sides had been warned by home plate ump Dan Bellino after David Price hit David Ortiz in the back with a pitch in the first inning. While the Sox maintained repeatedly that Price intended to drill Ortiz in retaliation for the slugger's deliberate tour of the bases following a long home run in the 2013 Division Series between the two teams, Major League Baseball did not suspend Price or announce any other discipline for any other players. However, a league source indicated that it was possible that there had been punishments short of suspensions for other players that MLB chose not to announce. Pitcher Brandon Workman of the Boston Red Sox has received a six-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for intentionally throwing a pitch in the head area of Evan Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays, following a warning, in the top of the sixth inning of the Friday, May 30th game at Fenway Park. Joe Garagiola, Jr., Senior Vice President of Standards & Operations for Major League Baseball, made the announcement. Unless appealed, Workman's suspension is scheduled to begin tonight, when the Red Sox are to continue their series at Cleveland. If appealed, Workman's suspension will be held in abeyance until the process is complete.
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