MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The suspension of Toronto Blue Jays reliever Ryan Borucki for hitting Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier with a pitch was reduced to two games after an appeal.
Borucki began serving the penalty Friday night during the first game of a four-game series at Minnesota.
The pitcher was suspended for three games and fined an amount that was not released by the Major League Baseball office on Thursday. Puerto Rican manager of the Blue Jays, Charlie Montoyo, received a punishment game, which he served on Thursday.
Borucki appealed the decision of MLB Vice President Mike Hill, delaying the enforcement of the disciplinary measure until the completion of the process to the league’s special counsel, John McHale Jr.
Borucki was ejected from Wednesday’s game after hitting Kiermaier with a pitch in the back in the eighth inning. Two days earlier, Kiermaier picked up a scouting report that he fell off Mexican catcher Alejandro Kirk’s wristband during a play at home plate and refused to return it.
“I wanted to pitch low and in, as I got closer I felt the ball slip out of my hand and I accidentally hit it,” Borucki said. “They can think what they want in the dressing room, but that’s the way it is.”