Joe Torre says Chris Sale could be suspended for throwing at Manny Machado
MLB is weighing punishment options for Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale after he threw at Orioles third baseman Manny Machado on Tuesday, MLB chief baseball officer Joe Torre told Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.
Rosenthal initially wrote that Torre “indicated that [Sale] likely will be suspended,” though he later retracted that statement. A punishment—if one is handed down at all—could also be just a suspension or fine, Rosenthal added.
Sale threw behind Machado in the first inning of Tuesday’s game in continuation of feud that has been brewing for over a week. Machado injured Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia with a slide on April 22, sparking a series of attempted beanballs. Machado also rounded the bases slowly following a home run on Monday night.
After the game, Machado expressed displeasure with Sale’s actions in a profanity-laced session with reporters.
“I’ve lost my respect for that organization, that coaching staff and everyone over there,” Machado said.