Astros’ Marisnick 2-game suspension upheld by MLB

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From left, Houston Astros outfielders Josh Reddick, Jake Marisnick, and George Springer, celebrate their 4-2 win against the Oakland Athletics after a baseball game Wednesday, July 24, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

NEW YORK — Houston Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick’s two-game suspension for his violent home-plate collision with Los Angeles Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy on July 7 has been upheld by Major League Baseball.

Marisnick was suspended on July 11 by Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre but appealed the decision to John McHale Jr., a special assistant to baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred. The commissioner’s office said Monday the hearing took place July 23 and the penalty was upheld.

Lucroy suffered a concussion and a broken nose. Torre said he didn’t believe Marisnick intended to injure Lucroy, but Marisnick’s actions warranted discipline because they violated MLB rules designed to protect catchers.

Marisnick will serve the suspension during games at Cleveland on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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