Major League Baseball has determined neither Stephen Strasburg nor Davey Johnson will be suspended after each was ejected from the Nationals' game Saturday night in Atlanta essentially ruling Strasburg did not intentionally throw at Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons. No announcement has been made by MLB regarding the situation but a league source said the commissioner's office reviewed the events of Saturday's game and concluded neither Strasburg nor Johnson merited a suspension the punishment typically doled out when a pitcher is ejected for intentionally throwing at a batter. The decision comes on the same day MLB suspended Red Sox right-hander Ryan Dempster five games for intentionally hitting the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez on Sunday night even though Dempster wasn't ejected from that game. Strasburg became embroiled in the Nationals-Braves feud which began when teammate Bryce Harper was hit by three pitches in three games against Atlanta the last of which knocked the 20-year-old outfielder from the next night's game with a bruised left triceps muscle. Strasburg retaliated on Saturday firing a fastball into Justin Upton's left hip in the bottom of the first inning. That plunking led plate umpire Marvin Hudson to issue warnings to both the Nationals and the Braves dugouts requiring automatic ejections for pitchers and managers for any further retaliation. Strasburg opened the bottom of the second inning walking Jordan Schafer on four straight balls then bounced a curveball to Simmons for a wild pitch. His next two pitches fastballs each sailed behind Simmons' back ultimately allowing Schafer to score from third base and prompting Hudson to eject both Strasburg and Johnson.
No suspensions for Nats Strasburg, Johnson
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