for intentionally hitting Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier with a pitch in Wednesday night’s game.
MLB made the announcement Thursday afternoon. Borucki has appealed the suspension. He will continue to be on the active roster until his appeal is heard. Meanwhile, Jays manager Charlie Montoyo is serving a one-game suspension Thursday night as Toronto opens its next series in Minnesota.
The incident came two days after Kiermaier picked up a scouting report card that had fallen out of the wristband of Blue Jays catcher Alejandro Kirk. The Rays later declined a request to return the card.
Although Montoyo had insisted before the game that any dispute between the two teams was “agua under the bridge,” Borucki plunked Kiermaier on the first pitch of his at-bat in the eighth inning, causing both benches to empty.
“Oh yeah, it was intentional,” Kiermaier said after the game, which Tampa Bay won 7-1 to clinch a playoff berth.
“Pretty much almost went behind me. I thought it was a weak move, to be quite honest. It’s over. It’s didn’t hurt by any means, so I don’t care. Whatever. We move on. We got a series win, and I hope we play those guys, I really do.”