MLB suspends White Sox righty Mike Wright, skipper Tony La Russa
Major League Baseball has levied a three-game suspension against White Sox righty Mike Wright for intentionally throwing at Shohei Ohtani, per Jack Harris of the LA Times (via Twitter). Manager Tony La Russa was also given a one-game suspension, which he is serving Saturday night. Impressively, La Russa’s ejection was the 91st of his career.
The suspension stems from a three-pitch incident in which Wright missed badly on consecutive balls, eventually plunking Ohtani in the leg with the third delivery. Wright has appealed his suspension, so he will continue to be available for the time being.
Wright, 31, has made nine appearances for the White Sox this year, his first in Chicago. Even though he did not appear in the majors in 2020, he made appearances in every season from 2015 through 2019, mostly with the Orioles. He made nine appearances with the Mariners in 2019 after being acquired via trade. In total, Wright has a 5.87 ERA/5.20 FIP across 271 1/3 big league innings.