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MLB to review Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman's pitch at Caleb Joseph's head

MLB to review Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman's pitch at Caleb Joseph's head
Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes slides under Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph tag to score during the fifth inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Tommy Gilligan / USA Today Sports)

Toronto right-hander Marcus Stroman's pitch near the head of Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph will be reviewed today by Major League Baseball for possible discipline.

In the sixth inning of the Orioles' 5-2 win over the Blue Jays, Stroman threw a 92-mph fastball toward Joseph's head that he ducked away from.

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In the previous inning, Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes contested that Joseph stepped on his hand on a play at the plate in which Reyes slid head first.

Stroman said the pitch slipped. Toronto manager John Gibbons gave a cryptic no comment when asked about the pitch. Orioles manager Buck Showalter commented, saying it was "borderline professionally embarrassing."

Even though home plate umpire Ted Barrett issued a warning to Stroman and both dugouts after the pitch flew behind Joseph's head, he deemed the pitch unintentional, so that will be a consideration when reviewing the play.

Last week, Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton and Yankees third baseman Chase Headley were both beaned on the same night in separate games, shedding new light on player safety.

Milwaukee's Mike Fiers, the pitcher who hit Stanton and later hit Reed Johnson on the hand, received a fine for "actions contributing" to benches clearing in that game. Marlins pitcher Anthony DeSclafani received a three-game suspension for hitting Carlos Gomez after warnings were issued to both teams.

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