Angels pitcher Noe Ramirez has been suspended for three games and fined an undisclosed amount for throwing a pitch in the area of Houston outfielder Jake Marisnick’s head, and Los Angeles manager Brad Ausmus has been suspended a game and fined.
Joe Torre, Chief Baseball Officer for Major League Baseball, announced the penalties Wednesday, one day after Ramirez drilled Marisnick between the shoulder blades with a 1-1 pitch in the sixth inning of the Angels’ 7-2 home victory.
Ramirez said he will appeal the suspension. Bench coach Josh Paul will manage the Angels on Wednesday while Ausmus serves his suspension.
Ausmus said he thought his suspension was unnecessary but that since MLB thought Ramirez committed an egregious offense, he should be penalized, too.
“I thought three games for Noe was a little bit steep, but he still has the appeals process to go through,” Ausmus said.
Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons was less reserved in his assesment of the suspension.
“I think it’s bull—-,” Simmons told reporters Wednesday. “People get hit all the time. (Ramirez) can’t make one mistake I guess? Just because of the perception? So if Marisnick got hit at any point throughout the season (by the Angels), whoever touched him was going to get suspended? Is that what it means?”
Marisnick was playing his first game against Los Angeles since his violent home plate collision with catcher Jonathan Lucroy.