Astros’ Marisnick 2-game suspension upheld by MLB

Houston Astros' Jake Marisnick hits an RBI double during the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, July 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)

NEW YORK (AP) — Houston Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick’s two-game suspension for his violent home plate collision with Los Angeles Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy on July 7 has been upheld by Major League Baseball.

Marisnick was suspended on July 11 by Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre but appealed the decision to John McHale Jr., a special assistant to baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred. The commissioner’s office said Monday the hearing took place July 23 and the penalty was upheld.

Lucroy suffered a concussion and a broken nose. Torre said he didn’t believe Marisnick intended to injure Lucroy, but Marisnick’s actions warranted discipline because they violated MLB rules designed to protect catchers.

Marisnick will serve the suspension during games at Cleveland on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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