The Baltimore Orioles, Manny Machado, and Orioles fans received the news they were waiting to hear as MLB has tabbed a five game suspension for Machado after his rough weekend against the Oakland A's.
Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports broke the news first on Twitter, that Machado has been given a five game suspension for the events that happened over the weekend. Machado has also been fined for the incident as well.
If you missed it, Machado had a couple of rough days this past weekend. He got into an altercation on Friday with A's third baseman Josh Donaldson after Manny felt that Donaldson tagged him too hard, and Machado threw his helmet down and got into the face of Donaldson that prompted both benches to clear, although no punches were thrown.
On Sunday, A's reliever Fernando Abad threw two pitches severely inside to Machado when the game was out of hand in the eighth inning and on the second one, Machado swung extremely late and the bat came out of his hands down the third baseline in fair territory and again prompted the benches to clear.
Many A's players seemed more upset after the game with the fact that Machado had twice hit the A's catcher in the helmet with his backswing and felt it was either on purpose or he was not remorseful as he never once asked the catcher if he was ok or apologized to him.
Machado will appeal the suspension per MASN's Roch Kubatko, and he also reported on Twitter that the Orioles are upset that Abad only received a fine and no suspension.
Although there is no way to put an exact timeline on the appeal process, but it would not surprise us if Machado is able to play through the weekend when the Orioles play four games against the AL East leading Toronto Blue Jays.
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