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Clayton Kershaw suspended five games, will appeal

Jul 21, 2010, 8:34 PM EDT

As first reported by Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Major League Baseball handed a five-game suspension to Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw on Wednesday for intentionally throwing at Giants outfielder Aaron Rowand on...

As first reported by Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Major League Baseball handed a five-game suspension to Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw on Wednesday for intentionally throwing at Giants outfielder Aaron Rowand on Tuesday night.

Dodgers manager Joe Torre and bench coach Bob Schaefer were also suspended one game each for their actions following Kershaw’s ejection.

The left-handed Kershaw has decided to appeal and will remain available to the Dodgers until that process is carried out.  He may be able to avoid missing a start if all goes according to plan.

Through 20 starts this season, Kershaw has posted a 9-5 record, a 3.15 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.  He has also fanned 135 batters in 122 2/3 innings for a 9.90 K/9 that ranks first among all National League starters.  The Dodgers are 49-45 on the season — six games back of the Padres in the National League West.

  1. beezo - Jul 21, 2010 at 9:47 PM

    Still no mention here of the fact that the umps blew the call last night by forcing broxton to leave the game. If a manager makes 2 mound visits in the same atbat, the manager is ejected and the pitcher must pitch to that batter and then be removed. This is to prevent managers from intentionally visiting the mound twiice to remove a pitcher before he faces a batter, in case the opposition pinch hits for a better matchup. The dodgers would have won a protest if they protested.

  2. Dan - Jul 22, 2010 at 12:02 AM

    beeze, I thought that only applied if the pitcher has not faced a batter yet. Broxton had already walked a batter before Torres came up. Since Torres was not his first batter the manager could have removed him with no problem. The rule is there to prevent a manager from removing a pitcher before he has faced a batter.
    If Kershaw gets a suspension it has to be at least 5 games or else he won’t miss any starts. So what are the odds an appeal knocks a game off his suspension? Unless MLB is totally clueless he’ll get 5 games.

  3. Reflex - Jul 22, 2010 at 2:46 AM

    Actually there was a post about it, you missed it. It acknowledged that by the letter of the rule the call was technically correct, however the rule is a bit silly when interpreted that way.

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