Twins third baseman Miguel Sano was handed a one-game suspension for his role in a benches-clearing altercation Saturday against the Tigers, MLB announced Monday.
Minnesota will appeal the suspension on behalf of Sano.
“It makes me happy that they support me that way,” Sano said through a team translator, via the Twin Cities Pioneer Press. “It sucks that I’ve been suspended but it’s part of the deal. It’s in MLB’s hands, and they’ll take care of it.”
It all started Saturday when Tigers center fielder JaCoby Jones was drilled in the face by a Justin Haley 90 mph fastball. It didn't seem to be an intentional pitch, but Tigers starter Matt Boyd retaliated by throwing behind Sano two innings later.
Sano then struck Tigers catcher James McCann in the chest after McCann brushed Sano above the shoulders with his glove in an attempt to keep him from rushing Boyd.
Sano and Boyd both were ejected.
Boyd received an undisclosed fine for intentionally throwing a pitch at Sano.
Sano’s suspension was scheduled to be served Monday, when the Twins started their series against the Rangers. However, with the appeal, the suspension will be held in abeyance until the process is complete.