NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - Major League Baseball has handed out a two game suspension to Houston Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick for a rough collision at home plate in the final game for the Astros before the 2019 All-Star break.
The official release from Major League Baseball stated:
Houston Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick has received a two-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for his collision with Los Angeles Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy and violation of Official Baseball Rule 6.01(i) during the bottom of the eighth inning of Sunday’s game in Houston. Joe Torre, Chief Baseball Officer of Major League Baseball, made the announcement.
Torre said: “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.”
Unless appealed, Marisnick’s suspension is scheduled to begin on Thursday, when the Astros are to play the Texas Rangers in Arlington. If Marisnick elects to appeal, then the discipline will be held in abeyance until the process is complete.
In last Sunday’s game Lucroy was carted off the fiel at the conclusion of the 8th inning. Reports stated that Lecroy, the catcher for the Angels, was diagnossed with a concussion and also suffered a broken nose.
“It was a bad play,” Marisnick told media after the 11-10 win for the Astros. On Twitter Marisnick said he felt awful that Lacroy got hurt.