New York Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin was handed a five-game suspension for running out to the mound and throwing a punch that escalated a brawl between the Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.
The repercussions of the benches-clearing brawl between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox during the eighth inning of Wednesdayâs game were ushered out to both parties on Thursday.
Kelly got a six-game suspension for plunking Austin with a 98 m.p.h. fastball in the back, while the Yankees first baseman got a five-game suspension for running out to the mound and throwing a punch at Kelly after he was hit by the pitch, starting the brawl between the two teams.
Both players will appeal their respective suspensions, Major League Baseball reports.
Joe Kelly (6 games), Tyler Austin (5 games) suspended and fined for benches-clearing incident in last night’s Red Sox-Yankees game; both will appeal.
— MLB (@MLB) April 12, 2018
Kelly hitting Austin looked to be retaliation for Austin sliding into second base when trying to break up a double play in the third inning and just clipping Brock Holt’s lower leg. Holt and Austin exchanged words after the play before being separated.
Austin said after the game that he felt nothing was wrong with his slide.
âI felt like it was a clean slide. I play hard, but I wasnât trying to hurt anybody, Austin said per Newsday’s David Lennon.
CC Sabathia of the Yankees, and Xander Bogaerts, Marco Hernandez and Dustin Pedroia of the Red Sox, each received fines for running out onto the field during the brawl because theyâre on the disabled list.
Austin was not in the starting lineup for the Yankees in the series finale against the Red Sox on Thursday night. Neil Walker got the start at first base instead.