In a report by Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com, Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price will not face a suspension for the altercation which took place on May 30th. In the first inning of a game between Price’s Rays and the Boston Red Sox, In the bottom of the 1st, Price hit David Ortiz with his first offering, an occurrence on which much has been debated. A warning was issued to Price as well as both benches.
There was much more that transpired during that game. Red Sox manager was tossed after arguing that Price should have been immediately tossed from the game.
Carp is now on the disabled list with a broken foot. He was not hit in the foot with the pitch that hit him.
Later in the game, Red Sox pitcher Brandon Workman threw a pitch that went behind Evan Lorgoria. The pitch missed the Rays third baseman, but Workman was immediately tossed from the game, and he is the one facing suspension time. He was given six games. Of course, Workman will appeal the suspension and will be able to make his next start tomorrow against Cleveland.
“It’s on. Next time I see him, he better put his gloves on. I have no respect for him anymore.”
With today’s news, Ortiz is steaming more. He believes Price should be suspended and not Workman.
“We’re the ones getting fines and suspensions,” Ortiz said. “I guess the rules aren’t for everyone.
“I don’t think what they’re doing is fair. I think the rules should be for everybody. We didn’t start this up. I didn’t hit nobody. Workman didn’t hit anybody in the first inning. [Price] did.”
Ortiz has simmered over this since the plunking. The announcement of a Workman suspension simply throws more petrol on the flames. Ortiz says he was “punked” by Price, and referred to the 94 in the side as “some punk ass s—”.
In a pre-game press gathering held earlier this evening, Price was asked if he should not have been suspended. To the surprise of no one, Price stated “Absolutely”.
The Red Sox next face the Rays on July 25-27. The three game set will take place at Tropicana Field.