Joe Kelly could be a hero in the eyes of a lot of Dodgers followers (and teammates). But in the eyes of MLB, he went across a line Tuesday evening in Houston.
Kelly has been put on hold for eight games after throwing behind the head of Alex Bregman throughout the 6th inning of Tuesday’s game versus the Houston Astros. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has actually gotten a one-game suspension as well as Astros manager Dusty Baker a fine for letting their groups leave the dugouts in a battle on the area following the sixth inning.
Roberts will certainly serve his suspension Wednesday, with bench train Bob Geren acting as supervisor versus the Astros.
Kelly, however, has actually chosen to appeal his suspension and also so will be eligible to pitch up until a hearing is held and also a judgment on his appeal made.
Roberts said previously in the day that he had spoken with MLB on Wednesday early morning. Both teams left the dugouts, habits prohibited by this year’s health and wellness methods. Several players were not wearing masks at the time.
“Yeah, they weren’t pleased,” Roberts stated of the infraction. “Baseball right currently, we’re under a microscopic lense which we need to be. Therefore, us as instructors, myself included, I need to do a far better task of making certain men remain on the bench. Last night when moods flared and also I tried to venture out there to sort of keep it away and also minimize it, yet I have to see to it men stay on the bench to comply with the social distancing protocols.”
More ahead on this story.