Blue Jays' Manoah suspended 5 games for hitting Franco

Tue Jun 22 4:53pm ET

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Alek Manoah (6) looks on as Baltimore Orioles' DJ Stewart runs the bases after hitting a solo home run off him during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, June 19, 2021, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)


Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Alek Manoah heads to the clubhouse after he was ejected in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, June 19, 2021, in Baltimore. The incident happened as a result of Manoah hitting Orioles' Maikel Franco with a pitch after Manoah gave up back-to-back home runs to Ryan Mountcastle and DJ Stewart. Also seen is Blue Jays' catcher Reese McGuire, second from left. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)


NEW YORK (AP) Toronto Blue Jays rookie Alek Manoah was suspended for five games and fined by Major League Baseball senior vice president Michael Hill, who concluded the right-hander intentional threw at Maikel Franco last weekend.

Manoah appealed the discipline and the suspension will be delayed until after the appeals process.

Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo was suspended for one game for Manaoh's actions and served it by missing Tuesday night's game at the Miami Marlins.

Manoah, making his fifth major league start, gave up consecutive homers to Ryan Mountcastle and DJ Stewart in a five-pitch span of the fourth inning at Camden Yards last Saturday, his third and fourth homers allowed in the game. The highly touted 23-year-old then hit Franco on the left shoulder with his next pitch, a 93.8 mph offering.

Franco yelled at Manoah, the pitcher took several steps toward the plate and held out both arms, and the dugouts and bullpens emptied for several minutes of shoving. Manoah was ejected.

Toronto rallied with six runs in the ninth inning to win 10-7.

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