MINNEAPOLIS – Twins reliever Sergio Romeo was suspended for one game by Major League Baseball on Saturday for jockeying with Indian star Francisco Lindor.
Romeo and Lindor were also fined for the incident, which occurred during Minnesota’s 3–1 win on Friday night. Romeo decided to serve his suspension during Saturday night’s game against the Indians.
“It’s disappointing, but we support Surge,” said Twins Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey. “We know he’s a fiery man. He’s on the mound, he’s always competitive, he goes out there and always lets his emotions fly. Sometimes, it’s not liked by others and sometimes -Never, there are some jaws on the back and forth. It’s part of the professional games, and it changed a bit last night, and then the league had to give up discipline. ”
Romeo managed a perfect eighth, retiring to Lindor on an inning-ending flyout. Romo and Lindor exchanged words as the shortstop ran towards the first, and then the two walked towards each other before parting from the teammates.
The Twin, Indian and Chicago White Sox are locked in a tight race for the AL Central lead. The Twins and Indians finish their weekend set on Sunday.
“The last thing we want is any kind of suspension effect,” Falvey said. “We are in a tight race here, which is very likely to come down to a pair of all-game playoffs in the playoff picture, and we want to give ourselves the best chance to be in the best place of the year.”
ARLINGTON, Texas – Auckland All-Star third baseman Matt Chapman is expected to miss the rest of the season because of a right hip.
Chapman was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday, two days before he is scheduled to undergo surgery in Well, Colorado.
The A’s announced before their doubleheader in Texas. Oakland went 28-15 on the day, its .651 winning percentage was the best in the American League.
Chapman has not played since being injured in the fifth inning of Oakland’s game last Sunday against San Diego. He was an All-Star for the first time last season, when he won the Gold Glove for the second year in a row.
“It plays as hard as anyone in the game. Unfortunately, he won’t be with us,” manager Bob Melvin said. “It’s a bit prickly, but we have to rally around it, and its spirit Have to play with. We know that he is pulling hard for us. You just have to get through it. ”
In 37 games overall this season, Chapman hit 10 home runs with 252 RBI. He hit only .120 (3 of 25) with 17 strikes and one went his last eight games.
Oakland called from its alternate site to bring outfielder Saith Brown back to replace Chapman in the roster. Brown joined the A’s for the third time this season, and was 0 for 4 over 4 games in his first two games.