On Monday, Major League Baseball announced it had suspended and fined Red Sox pitcher and former UConn star Matt Barnes for throwing at the head of Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado.
In what was believed to be a retaliatory move after Machado slid into second base on Friday night and injured Rex Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, Barnes whizzed a fastball at Machado’s head in the eighth inning of Sunday’s contest. Machado ducked out of the way as the ball missed him and instead made contact with his bat. Earlier in the game, Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez also threw three pitches at Machado’s knees which had the Orioles infielder dancing out of the box. Barnes was subsequently ejected from the game which the Red Sox won, 6-2.
Barnes is currently in the process of appealing the suspension and may continue to pitch until the case is settled. The righty is sporting a 2-0 record with a 3.60 ERA in nine games with Boston this season.
The Orioles and Red Sox with meet again at Fenway Park on May 1 to open up a four-game series.