Jake Marisnick

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Suspended Astros Outfielder Eligible For Tonight's Game vs. Rangers

July 11, 2019 - 4:16 pm

ARLINGTON (KRLD) - Jake Marisnick is appealing a two-game suspension levied by Major League Baseball over Sunday's home plate collision with Los Angeles Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy.

Marisnick was attempting to score on a fly ball in the eighth inning of a tie game, when he bowled Lucroy over, leaving the catcher with a concussion and a broken nose.  Lucroy was carted off the field.

In announcing the suspension Thursday, MLB Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre said, "After thoroughly reviewing the play from all angles, I have concluded that Jake's actions warrant discipline.  While I do not believe Jake intended to injure Jonathan, the contact he initiated in his attempt to score violated Official Baseball Rule 6.01(i), which is designed to protect catchers from precisely this type of collision."

Marisnick claimed he was trying to avoid Lucroy at the time of the collision.  He was called out on the play.

Marisnick was not in the starting lineup for Thursday night's game with the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park, but he will be available.  MLB says Marisnick is eligible to play until his appeals process is exhausted.

Marisnick is hitting .250 for the Astros this season, with 8 home runs and 24 RBI.