Marlins Suspend Pitcher for Intentionally Hitting Rival During Game

Miami Marlins shortstop Yadiel Rivera, center, celebrates in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run in the fifth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Saturday, March 24, 2018, in West Palm Beach, Fla. Miami won 4-3. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

The Miami Marlins have suspended pitcher Jose Urena for six games and fined him an undisclosed amount of money.

The penalty comes one day after the 25-year-old admitted that he intentionally hit Ronald Acuna Jr. from the Atlanta Braves on the left elbow with a pitch during a game that the Marlins eventually lost, 5-2, on Wednesday.

The incident happened during Urena’s first pitch, and resulted in his opponent having to leave the game for CT scans and X-rays.

The Braves allowed Acuna to return for Thursday’s game against Colorado after all medical tests came back normal.

However, the Braves also suspended first base coach Eric Young for one game and fined him as well, for playing a role in the attack.

Unless Urena appeals, the suspension begins on Friday, August 17.

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