MLB Team Report - Toronto Blue Jays - INSIDE PITCH


BALTIMORE -- Right-hander Marcus Stroman was suspended six games and received an undisclosed fine for throwing at Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph earlier this week, Joe Garagiola Jr., senior vice president of standards and operations for Major League Baseball, announced.

Stroman has appealed the suspension and is scheduled to make his next start Saturday against the Yankees. Stroman had not heard about a specific date for an appeal.

"It's tough," Stroman said. "It's in the appeal process now. I would never intentionally throw at anyone. I respect the game. I respect the players too much to ever do anything like that. Family, friends, teammates know the type of individual I am."

Stroman threw 92 mph fastball that soared just above Joseph's head in the sixth inning of Monday's game. Stroman said he was in the process of reaching out to Joseph through a friend to explain the issue.

"Obviously, I would never throw at someone's head," Stroman said. "It's not in my nature. That's pretty much it. That's not in my game. It's something I would never do. It doesn't make sense to me."

Baltimore manager Buck Showalter supported the swift action by MLB.

"I have a lot of confidence that when something like that happens and emotions of players get in the way of good decisions that the league office will remind them that certain things aren't tolerated," he said.

Stroman is 10-6 with 3.80 ERA in 24 games, including 19 starts.

Toronto manager Johns Gibbons was not surprised by decision. He still expected Stroman to make his scheduled start Saturday, but was ready to come up with a backup plan if necessary.

"I expected them to do something on it," Gibbons said about the suspension.

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MLB Team Report - Toronto Blue Jays - NOTES, QUOTES


RECORD: 77-74

STREAK: Won one

NEXT: Blue Jays (RHP R.A. Dickey, 13-12, 3.84 ERA) Yankees (RHP Shane Greene, 5-3, 3.56 ERA)

PLAYER NOTES:

--C Dioner Navarro got the night off after getting hit in the mask on a foul tip Tuesday. Navarro was evaluated by trainers but stayed in the game. He is batting .282 with 12 homers and 68 RBIs in 131 games. "He's been hit a lot lately," manager John Gibbons said. "The doc checked him out and thinks he is going to be OK. He's a little fuzzy."

--RHP Marcus Stroman was suspended six games and received an undisclosed fine for throwing at Orioles C Caleb Joseph earlier this week. Stroman has appealed the suspension. Stroman is 10-6 with 3.80 ERA in 24 games, including 19 starts. "Obviously, I would never throw at someone's head," Stroman said. "It's not in my nature. That's pretty much it. That's not in my game. It's something I would never do. It doesn't make sense to me."