Red Sox pitcher Barnes suspended 4 games for buzzing Machado

On Monday, Major League Baseball announced it had suspended and fined Red Sox pitcher and former UConn star Matt Barnes for throwing at the head of Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado.

So far during 2017, Barnes has made 9 appearances out of the bullpen for Boston, amassing 2 victories and posting a 3.60 ERA.

Following a slide in the opening game of the series that saw Machado injure the leg of Red Sox second base Dustin Pedroia, the perceived retaliation waited until Sunday afternoon.

On Sunday, Machado batted in the sixth inning and dodged out of the way when Boston starter Eduardo Rodriguez threw three pitches down and in around the knees. Barnes is valuable in leagues that reward holds, as he has settled into the 8th inning role with the Red Sox.

Without a game scheduled on Monday, the Boston Red Sox sought clarity on the status of a few of their injured players. Tigers catcher James McCann intervened and appeared to put his mitt in the face of Sano, who threw a right hand to McCann's mask.

Discipline came quickly for Matt Barnes. Unfortunately one got away from me, and like I said I would never intentionally throw at somebody's head. He has struck out better than a batter per inning over his first 10 innings.

RHP Aaron Nola was placed on the disabled list because of a lower back strain, but the Phillies expect the right-hander to miss only one or two starts.

  • Julie Sanders