Braves awaits Freeman's test tests; pitch struck his wrist

Frank Gunn  The Canadian Press

Pillar struck out swinging to end the seventh inning and claimed he was quick-pitched by Atlanta's Jason Motte, yelling toward the mound.

The Jays should decide on their own right now to issue a two-game suspension to Pillar, with the same instruction of contributing the withheld salary to You Can Play, which is an organization whose mission statement reads: "You Can Play is dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation and/or gender identity".

Around the same time as Colabello's positive test, Kevin Pillar was in contention with Michael Saunders to begin the 2016 season as the Blue Jays' lead-off hitter.

Commissioner Rob Manfred says Major League Baseball is investigating the incident to determine if Pillar should be disciplined. "The best way to get me out is to throw inside".

President of baseball operations John Hart says he knows no player can replace the production lost by the injury to Freeman, who shared the major league lead with 14 homers and was hitting.341.

Bautista's homer came in the eighth inning of what would be an 8-4 win for the Braves.

The team said Freeman will wear a cast for four weeks.

Lovell "told me to squeeze his hand and obviously I couldn't do it", Freeman said.

In the latest exhibit of Jose Bautista's reputation as one of MLB's most antagonizing players, benches cleared Wednesday night after the Atlanta Braves took exception to the Toronto Blue Jays star's home run theatrics.

Last off-season, Bautista re-signed with the Blue Jays after apparently finding little interest in the free-agent market.

Despite never being close on the scoreboard, Wednesday night's game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Atlanta Braves was a tense one.

"I think in the heat of the moment I knew I had made a mistake", said Pillar, who also apologized personally to Motte. "But slurs don't have to be 'part of the game.' And a homophobic slur doesn't have to define Kevin", wrote You Can Play president and co-founder Brian Kitts in an email.

The Braves' Jace Peterson said something to Bautista at first base, and catcher Kurt Suzuki also had words for Bautista when he reached home.

All of which is a good explanation from someone who wants to apologize for starting a bench-clearing incident because he was mad he struck out.

Bautista's infamous 2015 bat flip is what led to his fight with Rangers' second baseman Roughned Odor last season - a fight in which Bautista got punched right in the face.

"That's something that's making the game tough to watch lately", O'Flaherty said. I didn't see it at the time, but I saw the video - he looked at me, tried to make eye contact. I'm exhausted of that.

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