Six Players Suspended for Role in White Sox-Royals Brawl

Major League Baseball today announced its discipline following the brawl which took place in the seventh inning of Thursday’s game between the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals. In all, six players received suspensions, and a seventh received a fine.

Yordano Ventura, who set off the brawl after yelling at White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton, received the lengthiest suspension at seven games. This wraps up a whirlwind week for Ventura, who was also ejected from last Saturday’s game against Oakland for hitting Brett Lawrie. Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez received a five-game suspension. Also suspended for the Royals were outfielder Lorenzo Cain, who received two games, and reliever Kelvin Herrera, who received a two-game ban. Herrera is already facing a five-game suspension for throwing behind Lawrie last Sunday.

White Sox pitchers Chris Sale and Jeff Samardzija both received five-game suspensions. Catcher Tyler Flowers was fined an undisclosed amount.

“We understand that Major League Baseball has to do what they think is fair in situations like this,” Yost said in a team release. “Now, we just have to wait for the appeals process to play out.”

The teams had traded beanballs in the early innings. Ventura hit Jose Abreu in the fourth inning. Sale returned the favor an inning later by plunking Mike Moustakas. Warnings were issued at that point, but tensions remained high. Benches emptied in the seventh after Ventura yelled an expletive in the direction of Eaton after fielding a comebacker.

Today’s game between the White Sox and Royals has been rained out. Suspensions may begin being served Sunday. All players will be given the opportunity to appeal the league’s disciplinary action.

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