There will be consequences for Boston Red Sox right-hander Ryan Dempster throwing at and hitting Alex Rodriguez this past Sunday night. Boston.com reports on August 20 that Dempster was suspended by Major League Baseball for five games and an undisclosed fine.
Dempster was one of a few Red Sox players who publicly stated their opinion about Rodriguez still being able to play while appealing his 211 game suspension. It was a 3-0 fastball that hit Rodriguez that drew New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi out of the dugout in protest.
Girardi was eventually ejected from the game but after the game made it clear that he felt Dempster should’ve been suspended for his actions. Dempster denied throwing at Rodriguez despite throwing a previous pitch behind the Yankees third baseman.
Rodriguez ended up with the last laugh during the game and now after the game. He hit a solo home run off Dempster in the sixth inning as part of a Yankees rally which led them to winning the game 9-6.
“Whether you like me or hate, that was wrong. That was unprofessional and silly. It was kind of a silly way to get someone hurt on your team as well,” Rodriguez said following the game.
Dempster is scheduled to begin the suspension tonight and will more than likely miss a start unless he decides to appeal.