Astros' Jake Marisnick suspended two games for collision
Houston Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick was suspended two games and fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Baseball for his home-plate collision with Los Angeles Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy on Sunday.
Joe Torre, MLB's chief baseball officer, announced the ruling on Thursday.
"After thoroughly reviewing the play from all angles, I have concluded that Jake's actions warrant discipline," Torre said. "While I do not believe that Jake intended to injure Jonathan, the contact he initiated in his attempt to score violated Official Baseball Rule 6.01(i), which is designed to protect catchers from precisely this type of collision."
Lucroy sustained a concussion and a broken nose on the play, which happened in the eighth inning of Sunday's game in Houston. Marisnick was ruled out due to deviating from his path and lowering his shoulder to make contact with Lucroy.
Marisnick is scheduled to begin serving his suspension Thursday when the Astros play the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas. If he decides to appeal, the suspension will be put on hold until the appeals process is done.