During the Royals and Orioles game on Tuesday night at Camden Yards, an incident occurred in the fifth inning. Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura threw a 100 mph fastball at Orioles infielder Manny Machado. The pitch struck Machado in the elbow area, and Machado charged the mound.
Punches were thrown, and the game was suspended for a few minutes while both teams got themselves back under control. Both Machado and Ventura were ejected from the game.
Thursday evening saw Major League Baseball hand down suspensions to both players. Machado’s suspension is for four games, and Ventura’s is for nine.
Keep in mind, however, that since Ventura is a starting pitcher who only pitches once every five days, he will only end up missing one start with his nine-game ban.
Both players were also fined. Machado’s fine is said to be around $2,500.
The two ball-players are appealing their suspensions, and Machado is playing tonight in the Orioles game against the Blue Jays.
What happens next?
Machado will continue to play every day for the Orioles, and Ventura will likely make his next scheduled start. However, both Machado and Ventura will have to work with the players’ association to set up a time for an appeal trial. The trial will be heard by John McHale Jr, the assistant to Rob Manfred, commissioner of Major League Baseball.
At the trial, both parties will attempt to get their respective suspensions either reduced or lifted completely.
It usually takes a few weeks for all of this to play out, so expect both players to follow their normal routines until a trial is set up.