The New York Yankees could be without Gary Sanchez for a long time, with rumors that the slugger will be facing a hefty suspension after delivering two separate sucker punches during the team's brawl with the Detroit Tigers on Thursday.
The first of three bench-clearing incidents occurred when Cabrera and Romine started arguing at home plate while Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman was warming up replace the ejected Kahnle.
Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez was suspended four games for fighting, including throwing punches.
Also suspended were Tigers reliever Alex Wilson (four games), NY catcher Austin Romine (two games) and Detroit Manager Brad Ausmus (one game).
All five individuals who got suspended also were fined an undisclosed amount. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was also suspended a game.
Manager Joe Girardi, bench coach Rob Thomson, reliever Tommy Kahnle, outfielder Clint Frazier and first baseman Garrett Cooper were Yankees who received fines. In addition, if Wilson chooses to appeal his discipline, Ausmus' suspension will be effective the same day that Wilson serves his suspension, if any.
The ill will began after Detroit's Michael Fulmer hit Sanchez with a pitch in the fifth, an inning after Sanchez had homered for the fourth time in this three-game series.
Fulmer immediately shook his fingers after hitting Sanchez, indicating he might be hurt, and a trainer came to the mound to check on him. "Fortunately for me I know where my pitches are going, and I hit a guy in the leg today to take care of my teammates and protect them". Romine was banned for "fighting, including throwing punches", and Ausmus got barred "for the intentional actions of Wilson while warnings were in place". Somebody's got to pay attention to what's going on in this game.
Others fined for actions on Thursday during the three incidents were Joe Girardi the Yankees managers, Rob Thomson the Yankees bench coach, NY outfielder Brett Gardner, pitcher Tommy Kahnle and Detroit shortstop Jose Iglesias.
Unlike most pitchers, who deny intentionally throwing a batter even when it is obvious, Wilson took full responsiblity after the game. He tried to hit me, go after me on the floor, ' Cabrera said, according to MLive.
Ausmus said his suspension is linked to Wilson's.