ANAHEIM -- Payback had its price for the Indians on Monday. Right-handed reliever Winston Abreu was suspended three games and manager Eric Wedge one game by Major League Baseball for their actions in Saturday's 10-3 victory over the Mariners. The suspensions began immediately, with bench coach Jeff Datz taking Wedge's managerial duties for Monday's game and working with a thinner 'pen. Abreu and Wedge were ejected in the ninth inning at Safeco Field in Seattle on Saturday after Abreu hit the Mariners' Jack Hannahan with a pitch. The clubs had been warned earlier in the game when the Mariners' Chris Jakubauskas hit Ben Francisco with a fastball to the back after Asdrubal Cabrera's two-run homer.More
Wedge took the suspension in stride, though he implied that he wishes such matters were decided on the field, not off it. "It's part of the game," he said. "They have rules to follow after warnings are given. ... You've got to play the game the right way. You've got to do what you're supposed to do. I think that we work hard to try to do that." In this case, it was MLB's ruling that Abreu was acting in defense of his teammate when he hit Hannahan. If that is indeed the case, Abreu, who was also fined an undisclosed amount, isn't admitting as much. "I don't try to hit nobody," Abreu said. "The other guy [Jakubauskas] hit Francisco on purpose. Everybody can see that. I was just doing my thing, you know? Just throwing inside. The umpire warned me, but I'm not going to leave the ball over the middle of the plate to nobody." Abreu, who has made just three appearances with the Tribe since his acquisition from the Rays earlier this month, will miss the entire Angels series, while Wedge will be back at the helm Tuesday night. Wedge still took in pregame batting practice and said he was planning to watch Monday's game from his office. He joked about watching it with reporters in the press box and offering the "behind the scenes" insight on what's taking place. The suspensions were handed down by Bob Watson, MLB's vice president of on-field operations. Jakubauskas was fined an undisclosed amount of money for plunking Francisco.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less