Major League Baseball has reduced the suspension for Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor to seven games after his punch of Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports.
Odor was initially suspended eight games for striking Bautista in the face following his hard takeout slide into second base on May 15. Bautista slide late into Odor after being hit by a pitch earlier in the game, in apparent retaliation for Bautista’s famous home run bat flip against the Rangers in last season’s playoffs.
The play initiated a benches-clearing brawl that brought several ejections and subsequent suspensions on both teams. Bautista and Rangers shorstop Elvis Andrus were each suspended a game, and Blue Jays pitcher Jesse Chavez received a three-game ban.
The 22-year old Odor is hitting .262 with seven home runs and six stolen bases this season.