MEMORIAL POLICE – The suspension of relief Ryan Borucki from the Toronto Blue Jays for beating outfielder Kevin Kiermayer from the Tampa Bay Rays has been reduced from three to two games.
The decision was made following an appeal from Borucki. The Blue Jays relief began to serve the suspension Friday night against the Minnesota Twins.
On Thursday, Major League Baseball Borucki imposed a suspension of three games, accompanied by a fine, where the amount was not specified.
Manager Charlie Montoyo was also suspended for one match, a penalty he sentenced on Thursday night in the opening match of the series of four matches against the twins.
Borucki were sent off from Wednesday’s game after beating Kiermaier in the middle of the back in the eighth round.
The incident came two days after Kiermaier retrieved a scout report from the Blue Jays, who had fallen from receiver Alejandro Kirk’s wrist guard during a home game, and refused to return it to him.
“I wanted to throw down and out, and when I went forward I felt the ball slide out of my hand. “The ball went up and in and I hit it by accident,” said Borucki.
“They can mean what they want out there in the locker room, but things are what they are. “