Jake Marisnick suspended two games for collision with Jonathan Lucroy

Ruben Hill
July 12, 2019

Houston Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick has been suspended two games for his part in a collision with Los Angeles Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy at home plate in an attempt to score during the eighth inning of last Sunday's contest.

Marisnick appealed the suspension Thursday and will go through the appeal process before a decision is made. There was much debate afterward concerning Marisnick's intent and whether he should be punished - replay showed he had veered inside the plate.

Joe Torre, Chief Baseball Officer of Major League Baseball, was responsible for ruling on the collision, and explained his reasoning in the statement MLB released about the suspension.

A runner attempting to score may not deviate from his direct pathway to the plate in order to initiate contact with the catcher (or other player covering home plate), or otherwise initiate an avoidable collision. Marisnick, who also was fined, appealed the suspension and was available to play. Through 72 games and 194 plate appearances this season, Marisnick is hitting.250/.309/.466 with eight home runs, 12 doubles, a triple and six steals.

Marisnick crashed into Lucroy as the catcher attempted to field the throw, and Lucroy immediately fell on his back. He didn't move for a few seconds before struggling to sit up.

The Astros return to action after the All-Star break with a four-game series against the Texas Rangers that begins Thursday in Arlington.

Following the collision, Marisnick said that he didn't intentionally try to injure Lucroy. He also posted on his Twitter later that he "made a split second decision at full speed" and he felt bad that another player got hurt.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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