Red Sox ace Chris Sale likely faces discipline from MLB for throwing behind the Orioles’ Manny Machado, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports.
After first reporting that a suspension was likely for Sale, Rosenthal walked that back to clarify that it wouldn't necessarily be a fine but perhaps a fine or warning.
CLARIFICATION: Discipline for Sale, if administered, will not necessarily be suspension. Could be something less - warning or fine.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) May 3, 2017
Sale threw behind Machado in the first inning Tuesday night, apparently in retaliation for Mookie Betts getting hit by a pitch the night before, as the Red Sox-Orioles hostilities continue to escalate.
Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes was suspended four games last week for throwing a pitch near Machado’s head in Baltimore.
Rosenthal also reports that after speaking with MLB chief baseball officer Joe Torre, that no pre-game warning will be issued for the Red Sox and Orioles tonight prior to the third game of their four-game series.
The benches were warned Tuesday night after Sale missed Machado with the pitch.