Houston Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick has been suspended for two games by Major League Baseball after his violent home-plate collision with Los Angeles Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy.
The suspension was announced Thursday before the AL West-leading Astros played a series opener at Texas in their first game after the all-star break. Marisnick also was fined.
Lucroy was carted off the field last Sunday after the collision at the end of the eighth inning of a game at Houston (the Astros won 11-10 in 10 innings). The Angels catcher sustained a concussion and broken nose. Marisnick was called out for colliding with Lucroy and the call was upheld after a crew chief review.
Marisnick said afterward that it was a “bad play” and that he hoped Lucroy was okay. He also posted on his Twitter later that he “made a split second decision at full speed” and he felt awful that another player got hurt.