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Ross Ohlendorf, Bryan Price suspended for Ohlendorf throwing at David Freese

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Major League Baseball just announced that Cincinnati Reds pitcher Ross Ohlendorf has received a three-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for intentionally throwing a pitch at David Freese of the Pittsburgh Pirates during Wednesday night’s game.

The game on Wednesday night was kind of a mess of plunkings and ejections. Ohlendorf’s plunking of Freese as the fourth time in the game a Pirates batter had been hit. Two Reds batters had been hit. Warnings had been issued previously. As C. Trent Rosecrans noted in his gamer in the Cincinnati Enquirer the other night, the Reds and Pirates are notorious for throwing at one another in recent years, with pitchers on each team hitting batters on the other 39 times over the past four seasons. Must be something in the air along the Ohio River.

In addition, Reds manager Bryan Price has received a one-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for the intentional actions of Ohlendorf while warnings were in place, which is the price Price has to pay for it happening on his watch. He will sit out tonight, as managers don’t get to appeal. Ohlendorf is appealing his, so he’ll be available if necessary.

 

Shawn Tolleson retires from baseball

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Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that reliever Shawn Tolleson is retiring from baseball. The right-hander experienced a setback in his recovery from Tommy John surgery last week.

Tolleson, who turns 31 years old on Saturday, last pitched in the majors in 2016. He had two very good years out of the bullpen for the Rangers in 2014-15, posting an aggregate 2.88 ERA with 145 strikeouts and 45 walks across 144 innings.

Tolleson signed a one-year deal with the Rays in January 2017 before undergoing Tommy John surgery several months later. The Rangers inked him to a minor league contract in December 2017, but he wasn’t able to work his way back.