Major League Baseball has suspended Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura for nine games and Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado for four games following a bench-clearing brawl ignited when Ventura hit Machado with a pitch Tuesday.
Ventura received a heftier penalty for intentionally throwing at Machado and fighting, according to a statement released Thursday by MLB, while Machado was suspended for charging the mound and fighting. Both players were fined, Machado for $2,500.
Both players are appealing their suspensions and are able to play until the appeal has been heard. Machado is in the lineup for Thursday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Royals next play Friday night in Chicago against the White Sox.
“Obviously, I’m appealing it and we’ll see what happens,” Machado told reporters in Toronto. “They came up with a decision and obviously that’s why we’re going to appeal it and see what happens going forward. That’s the decision they made and I’m obviously going to have to deal with it and see what happens.”
Previously, Ventura was suspended for seven games after a benches-clearing brawl against the Chicago White Sox in 2015. Machado was suspended for five games back in 2014 for throwing his bat toward former Oakland reliever Fernando Abad.
Machado charged the mound in the fifth after being hit by a 99 mph pitch from Ventura. The opposing players had exchanged words earlier in the game.
Both Ventura and Machado were ejected.