David Ortiz

Source: David Ortiz appeal to be decided May 4

Rob Bradford
May 01, 2015 - 2:01 pm

According to a major league source, Major League Baseball has informed David Ortiz a decision regarding the appeal of his one-game suspension will be passed down May 4. Ortiz appealed the suspension immediately after it was levied April 21. The punishmet stems from the DH making contact with home plate umpire John Tumpane in the Red Sox' April 19 game at Fenway Park against the Orioles. The designated hitter was arguing a checked-swing strike ruled on by third base umpire Jerry Meals when the dispute turned to Tumpane, who tossed Ortiz out of the game. "I have to watch that video to see what point I touched him because I don'۪۪t remember, to be honest with you," Ortiz told WEEI.com. "I don'۪۪t really remember. And I wasn'۪۪t even arguing with him. I was talking with the third base umpire. If it happened, I don'۪۪t know when it happened and I didn'۪۪t try that because trust me, I know. It might be one move that I made or whatever. But I don'۪۪t know." The Red Sox begin a three-game series against the Rays at Fenway Park May 4. (For more on Ortiz talking about his relationship with umpires, click here.)