Chicago White Sox pitcher Mike Wright has been suspended for three games and manager Tony La Russa one game Saturday for Major League Baseball, which concluded that Wright intentionally pitched Angels slugger Shohei Ohtani on Thursday.
Wright appealed the suspension issued by Michael Hill, who is vice president of MLB field operations. Discipline will be deferred until the appeal is decided by MLB Special Counsel John McHale Jr.
Manager suspensions are served immediately, and La Russa did not participate in Chicago’s game in Texas on Saturday. Bench coach Miguel Cairo ran the dugout in La Russa’s absence.
Wright was ejected from Thursday’s 9-3 loss after hitting Ohtani in the calf with a two-out pitch and no one on base in the ninth. La Russa was also sent off – his third time this season – by crew chief Bill Welke for arguing.
“It was not intentional,” La Russa said Thursday. “[Welke] you read it wrong. It wasn’t consistent with, number one, the way they treated the three hits to the batters. Second, where was our retaliation? “
White Sox hitters Yoan Moncada, Luis Robert and Jose Abreu were hit by Angels pitchers in Tuesday’s game.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.