Abreu, Wedge suspended
Right-handed reliever Winston Abreu has been suspended three games and manager Eric Wedge one game by Major League Baseball for their actions in Saturday’s 10-3 victory over the Mariners.
Abreu and Wedge were immediately ejected in the ninth inning at Safeco Field after Abreu hit the Mariners’ Jack Hannahan with a pitch. The clubs had been warned earlier in the game, when the Mariners’ Chris Jakubauskas hit Ben Francisco with a fastball to the back after Asdrubal Cabrera’s two-run homer.
Abreu, who has made just three appearances with the Tribe since his acquisition from the Rays earlier this month,
has appealed his suspension, so it will not be served immediately can appeal his suspension, but it looks as though he will begin serving it tonight, when the Indians open a three-game set with the Angels. Wedge, on the other hand, did not have a chance to appeal and will serve his suspension here tonight. Bench coach Jeff Datz will manage for the night.
The suspensions were handed down by Bob Watson, MLB’s vice president of on-field operations. Jakubauskas was fined an undisclosed amount of money for plunking Francisco.
UPDATE: Contrary to my previous report, Abreu has not appealed.