Rougned Odor Suspended for ‘eight Games’ for Punching Jose Bautista

Rougned Odor Suspended for eight Games for Punching Jose Bautista
Rougned Odor Suspended for eight Games for Punching Jose Bautista

Rougned Odor has been banned for eight games and fined $5,000 after his brawl with José Bautista on Sunday, MLB confirmed on Tuesday. Bautista has been suspended for one game.

Major League Baseball chief baseball officer Joe Torre met with MLB’s senior vice president of standards and on-field operations Joe Garagiola Jr., on Monday and had said they hoped to have an announcement by Tuesday.

Odor said he expected to be suspended, but had no regrets about the punch.
The Astros play the Rangers in a three-game series this weekend at Minute Maid Park. If Odor appeals the suspension, he likely would still be able to play against the Astros.

A feud simmering since Bautista’s bat flip in last year’s American League Division Series boiled over into a wild brawl that ultimately triggered six of the eight ejections in the Rangers’ 7-6 victory. After Bautista was hit by a pitch, he slid hard into second to break up a double play against Odor. That’s what triggered Odor’s punch, which landed flush on Bautista’s jaw.

A total of 14 players and staff members from the Rangers and Blue Jays will face discipline for the incident.

Blue Jays pitcher Jesse Chavez was suspended three games for intentionally throwing at Prince Fielder. Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus was suspended one game for his aggressive actions during the incident and Bautista was suspended for his actions.

Andrus has opted not to appeal and will serve his one-game suspension tonight against Oakland.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was suspended three games and Toronto first-base coach Tim Leiper received a one-game suspension.