Major League Baseball came down with the hammer Saturday morning suspending six players from Thursday's brawl between the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. Six players have been suspended and one other has been fined for their roles.
Kansas City pitcher Yordano Ventura will received a seven-game suspension; pitcher Edinson Volquez was handed a five-game suspension; outfielder Lorenzo Cain a two-game suspension; and pitcher Kelvin Herrera a two-game suspension. Herrera is already appealing a five-game suspension for last weekend's incident when he threw at Oakland's Brett Lawrie.
There are reports that all members will appealing the ruling. Chicago pitchers Chris Sale and Jeff Samardzija both got a five-game suspensions and Chicago catcher Tyler Flowers was not suspended but was fined an unknown amount. It's reported that Sale attempted to get into the Royals clubhouse after his ejection, while the game was still on-going. Sale refused to confirm or deny those reports on Friday.
The incident had been escalating ever since Ventura struck White Sox slugger Jose Abreu in the left elbow in the fourth inning. Chris Sale retaliated an inning later by hitting Mike Moustakas which led to both teams being warned. Then came the seventh inning when Adam Eaton hit a comebacker at Ventura and before he threw the ball to first base, he said an explicit remark at Eaton which led to the fight.
Royals and White Sox were scheduled to play on Saturday but has been post-poned because of weather.
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