Houston Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick barreled into Los Angeles Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy for last Sunday. There was much debate afterward concerning Marisnick's intent and whether he should be punished -- replay showed he had veered inside the plate. (St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina , calling on the league to take action.) On Thursday, Major League Baseball deemed that Marisnick should face punishment, suspending him for two games:
Houston's Jake Marisnick is suspended two games by MLB for the collision with the Angels' Jonathan Lucroy.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 11, 2019
Marisnick will appeal the suspension:
MLBPA communications director Chris Dahl says Jake Marisnick will appeal the two-game suspension and undisclosed fine he received from MLB stemming from his collision with Jonathan Lucroy.— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) July 11, 2019
Here's Joe Torre's statement on the matter:
Here's a look at the play, for those who missed it the first go around. Be warned: it's nasty.
Marisnick later took to social media to explain himself, saying "I thought the play was going to end up on the outside of the plate. I made a split second decision at full speed to slide head first on the inside part of the plate. That decision got another player hurt and I feel awful." He also passed along well wishes to Lucroy.
Lucroy was taken to the hospital after the collision. He suffered a fractured nose and concussion and will miss an unspecified amount of time. The 33-year-old had hit .237/.307/.364 in 73 games for the Angels.
Marisnick, 28, hit .250/.309/.466 during the first half for the Astros, who will resume their season on Thursday against the Texas Rangers.
The play was under particular scrutiny because it seemed to violate the Posey Rule instituted several years ago in order to curb devastating home-plate collisions..