Chavez will appeal his three-game suspension for his role in Sunday's brawl with the Rangers, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports. There was a sense Chavez might just accept the appeal, seeing as he pitched Sunday and Monday and probably would have been unavailable for a couple days anyway. However, Chavez will appeal and will be available out of the Jays' bullpen until a ruling is handed down.
Chavez has been suspended three games by Major League Baseball for his role in Sunday's benches-clearing brawl with the Rangers, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports. Chavez will begin serving his suspension immediately. Chavez pitched in each of the last two games, so it makes sense for the reliever to begin serving it right away, rather than attempting an appeal. The right-hander will sit out Tuesday and Wednesday against the Rays, and he'll serve the final game of the ban Thursday when the Jays open a four-game set with the Twins in Minneapolis. Chavez will be eligible to return Friday night for Game 2 of the Twins series.
Chavez was ejected from Sunday's game after plunking Prince Fielder in the bottom of the eighth inning, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports. Chavez's actions came after a benches-clearing brawl in the top of the eighth inning that resulted in three other ejections. It's quite possible a minor suspension is on the horizon but any supplemental discipline should be announced in the coming days.
Chavez's stock is rising as manager John Gibbons is preparing to give the righty an increased role out of the pen, Sportsnet reports. With Brett Cecil and Drew Storen struggling offer much help late in games, Chavez will be the unlikely beneficiary as his performance has caught the eye of the manager. "There's a lot that comes out of that skinny body," Gibbons said of Chavez. In his second stint with the Jays, the 32-year-old is sporting a 1.69 ERA and 1.03 WHIP over 11 appearances this season.
Chavez (back) tossed 1.2 scoreless innings out of the bullpen against Oakland on Friday night. He allowed a hit and struck out one during the outing. Thus far in 2016, Chavez has been effective out of the Toronto bullpen, posting a 9:1 K:BB, 1.50 ERA, and 1.17 WHIP over six appearances.
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