Less than a week after MLB suspended a second pitcher for intentionally throwing at an opponent, the league has now stepped in again following a third incident. New York Mets relief pitcher Jacob Rhame received a two-game suspension on Thursday.
What happened: The league determined he intentionally threw a pitch near the head of Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Rhys’ Hoskins during Tuesday’s game.
Rhame threw a 97-mph fastball near the head of Hoskins in the ninth inning of New York’s blowout win Tuesday. Hoskins got his revenge on Wednesday night with a slow trot around the bases after a massive home run.
The Fallout: It’s not yet known if Rhame will appeal his suspension. Though the two-game absence shouldn’t be much of an issue for New York, especially given the right-handed reliever carries an 8.10 ERA in three appearances this season.
The Mets could elect to send Rhame down and have him serve his suspension later in the season.