Major league baseball announced today that Rick Porcello was suspended six games for hitting Ben Zobrist on the shoulder during Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay. The pitch was thrown in retaliation for Fernando Rodney’s up and in pitch on Saturday night in Tampa.
Former Tiger Fernando Rodney went up and in causing Cabrera is bend out of the way to avoid being hit in the head. Cabrera then struck out. On his way to the dugout and for the rest of the half inning Cabrera was seen jawing at Rodney. In the post-game press conference Jim Leyland had harsh words for Rodney:
That’ll cause a lot of problems for people,That’s as simple as it is. That’s not a good idea. That’s not acceptable. If you want to throw inside, I have no problem with that. The old (expletive) about the one getting away, he’s pitched long enough that they don’t get away up there in that area, in my opinion. That won’t be tolerated. You can take that to the bank. That’s not acceptable. Like I say, if you want to throw down at the legs, or you’re throwing, trying to come in there. And I’m not saying he was trying to hit him or anything, but you’re going to throw head-high in there, that’s not acceptable
Apparently Major League Baseball doesn’t tolerate retaliation. Rick Porcello’s six game suspension beings tonight unless there is an appeal. The Detroit Tigers have not indicated whether they will appeal the suspension.