The Miami Marlins and Major League Baseball have announced that pitcher Jose Urena has been suspended for six games as a result of hitting Atlanta Braves rookie Ronald Acuna with a pitch on Wednesday night.
The Miami Marlins will be without pitcher Jose Urena for six games, as reported by MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro for “intentionally hitting” Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna with a pitch in the first inning of the game Wednesday at SunTrust Park.
It was Urena’s only pitch of the night and triggered benches to empty on both sides of the diamond. The 3-12 pitcher this season was tossed from the game. This is not the first time the Marlins will be without a starting pitcher because of suspension this season.
While Straily received five games on the bench, manager Don Mattingly was also suspended one game for the incident.
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Urena could still pitch while he attempts to appeal the decision by Major League Baseball.
"“Urena was slapped with an undisclosed fine, but he’s planning to appeal his suspension that starts on Friday, when the Marlins face the Nationals on Friday at Washington,” Frisaro explained.“If he appeals, Urena would be in line to face the Yankees at Marlins Park, either on Tuesday or Wednesday, then possibly drop his appeal since the Marlins play the Braves the following weekend.”"
The last thing the Marlins need is another incident with the Braves, should Urena continue his appeal and a decision is not handed down before their National League East rival comes to town.
The Braves did just sweep the Marlins in a four-game series. Miami continues its slide and remains in the bottom of the division standings.
MLB has also announced that Eric Young, Sr., the Braves first base coach was suspended for one game and fined an undisclosed amount for his part in the bench-clearing incident. Atlanta manager Brian Snitker was also ejected from Wednesday’s game.
With word of the suspension, Mattingly told the media the events of Wednesday were not representative of the organization and Urena’s actions were not intended to send the wrong message to baseball fans.
"“Obviously, this is not something that we represent or believe in as an organization, or myself, too,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said of intentionally throwing at Acuna. “I would never want that kid getting hit and cause that kind of problem.”"