June 4, 2009

Yankees’ Burnett suspended for six games

New York Yankees pitcher A.J. Burnett has been suspended for six games by Major League Baseball for allegedly intentionally throwing at a batter.

Burnett, who was also fined an undisclosed amount, has appealed the disciplinary action so it won't go into effect until the appeals process plays out.

In the top of the fifth inning of the Yankees' game Tuesday, Burnett threw a pitch that sailed toward the head of Texas Ranger Nelson Cruz, who dived out of the way of the pitch. Burnett was warned by the home plate umpire but remained in the game through the seventh inning. He was credited with the win in the 12-3 Yankees victory.

MLB Vice President of On-Field Operation Bob Watson Thursday ruled the pitch was intentionally thrown at Cruz and handed down the suspension and fine.

Texas pitcher Vicente Padilla also was fined an undisclosed amount for his actions in the same game. In the fourth inning, Padilla hit New York's Mark Teixeira with a pitch for the second time in the game.