Major League Baseball On Saturday, Chicago coach Tony La Russa and pitcher Mike Wright were suspended, alleging that Wright intentionally threw Ohtani during the ninth inning of the Angels’ 9-3 win, hitting Ohtani in the calf.
La Rosa said Thursday that he suspects Wright dumped Otani on purpose.
According to ESPN, “It was not intended,” the director said. “[Umpire crew chief Bill] Wilke read it wrong.”
Two nights earlier, three Chicago players — Yuan Moncada, Luis Robert and Jose Abreu — were injured by Los Angeles shooters. But La Rosa claimed that Chicago did not retaliate.
ESPN reports that La Rosa was immediately suspended, so La Rosa missed Chicago’s game against the Texas Rangers on Saturday to serve a one-game penalty, with bench coach Miguel Cairo running the team.
Wright appealed his three-game suspension, which was issued by Michael Hill, MLB’s vice president of field operations. MLB Special Counsel John McHale Jr. will ultimately decide whether Wright should sit for a while, ESPN reported.
The Central American League leaders, the White Sox, scored just three strikes in Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Texas. The Rangers and the Angels are bottom of the standings in El West, with Los Angeles trailing 15 games behind leaders Houston Astros and Texas 32 games.
Ohtani, the sensation from Japan on the court, was uninjured on Thursday and neither is he Set to take the hill Sunday against Oakland Athletics in Anaheim, California. His on-court record is 9-2 with an average of 3.36 wins. He is 6-0 in the home games this season.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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