Toronto Blue Jays SP Alek Manoah has received a five-game suspension for throwing at Baltimore Orioles 3B Maikel Franco during Saturday’s game. Manoah was ejected from the game and Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo will also receive a one-game suspension for the altercation. Manoah is expected to appeal the suspension.
The rookie pitcher threw a 93.8-mph sinker that Franco in the arm in Saturday’s game after he had gave up back-to-back home runs to Ryan Mountcastle and DJ Stewart. Franco did not like that he was thrown by the Manoah at and both teams benches cleared. Manoah, who surprisingly did not receive a warning, was ejected in the fourth inning.
Orioles manager Brandon Hyde thought that Manoah intentionally threw at Franco, while the young pitcher explained after the game that he was just competing.
“I was getting our team back, and then there was something said that I didn’t appreciate,” said Hyde (h/t Keegan Mathieson of MLB. com). “That’s what happened. Then we calmed down and went back to the dugout.”
The Blue Jays ended up winning the game on Saturday afternoon in comeback fashion, 10-7, down at Camden Yards.