5-game suspension slap on wrist for Dempster
There is a real problem with Major League Baseball’s suspension directives when it comes to starting pitchers. MLB suspended Red Sox righthander Ryan Dempster Tuesday for five games for throwing at Alex Rodriguez intentionally and hitting him in the left elbow in the first inning of the Yankees’ 9-3 victory Sunday night at Fenway Park.
Big deal. The way the Red Sox schedule flows over the next week they can essentially skip Dempster one turn in the rotation, so where is the punishment?
Unless Dempster appeals, the suspension will start with Tuesday night’s game against the Giants in San Francisco. But as Ian Browne, the Red Sox beat reporter for MLB.com pointed out, Dempster might not appeal because the discipline comes at a favorable portion of Boston’s schedule.
With open dates Thursday and Monday, the Red Sox could rework their rotation with four pitchers until Dempster’s return. Jon Lester could pitch in Dempster’s previously scheduled turn Saturday on regular rest at Los Angeles. Jake Peavy could pitch Sunday against the Dodgers. Dempster would be eligible to return Aug. 27 when the Red Sox open a homestand against the Orioles.
Talk about a slap on the wrist! Dempster was also fined $2,500, according to the Associated Press, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who was ejected for arguing furiously for plate umpire Brian O’Nora to run Dempster out of the game, was hit with a $5,000 fine.
It is another case of blind justice.