Rougned Odor says he was trying to protect himself when he punched Jose Bautista on Sunday.
Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor says he was trying to protect himself when he punched Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista on Sunday, reports the Star-Telegram’s Jeff Wilson.
“I think you saw what happened yesterday,” said Odor, whose suspension for the incident is expected to be announced as early as Tuesday. “For me, I think it was a pretty hard slide, but you saw what happened. I knew he was going to come hard. I can tell when somebody is coming hard to second base, so I was just trying to protect myself.
“It’s part of the game.”
When Bautista committed the late slide with Odor attempting to turn a double play, a brawl ensued that resulted in a punch to Bautista’s face.
Bautista, Odor, Toronto third baseman Josh Donaldson and Texas bench coach Steve Buechele were ejected after the incident.