Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly was handed an eight-game suspension by Major League Baseball for his role in the benches-clearing incident that occurred at Minute Maid Park in Houston on Tuesday night. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was issued a one-game suspension and Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount, MLB announced on Wednesday afternoon.
Kelly, who threw a fastball behind Alex Bregman’s head and later taunted Carlos Correa on the way back to the dugout, will appeal his suspension, making him available for the series finale. Roberts will serve his suspension immediately, prompting bench coach Bob Geren to be Wednesday’s interim manager.
Under the 60-game format, an eight-game suspension accounts for more than 13% of the schedule. MLB referenced a previous suspension for “intentional throwing” in deciphering punishment for Kelly, who was docked six games for plunking and then fighting with Tyler Austin of the New York Yankees in April 2018. Kelly was with the Boston Red Sox at the time.