Early in batting practice on Wednesday, Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie turned on a fastball and crushed it into the third row of the upper deck in left. It was only BP, but there seemed to be some extra emotion in that powerful pre-game swing. Lawrie knew his suspension news was on the way.
About 30 minutes later, some two hours prior to the Jays' 8-1 series-opening victory over the Yankees, Major League Baseball called Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos to let him know his 22-year-old star was getting four games off for the previous night's incident, charging wildly towards Bill Miller after a called third strike and bouncing a helmet off the umpire's right hip. Lawrie has chosen to appeal.
Brett Lawrie appeals four-game suspension for hitting umpire with helmet
Toronto Star | May 17