Mariners suspended Cliff Lee for first five games

The Mariners suspended ace Cliff Lee for the first five games of the season and fined him an undisclosed amount for throwing at Diamondbacks’ catcher Chris Snyder in a spring training game on Monday.

From MLB.com:

Pitcher Cliff Lee of the Seattle Mariners has received a five-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for intentionally throwing a pitch in the head area of Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Chris Snyder during the third inning of Seattle’s Spring Training game on Monday, March 15 at Tucson Electric Park in Tucson, Arizona. Bob Watson, Vice President of On-Field Operations for Major League Baseball, made the announcement.

Unless appealed, Lee is scheduled to begin serving his suspension on Opening Day, Monday, April 5. If appealed, Lee’s suspension will be held in abeyance until the process is complete.

At the end of the day, this suspension won’t affect Lee’s season much. He’ll miss one start and it’ll cost him some dough, but this incident will be forgot about soon enough.

Still, this wasn’t the start the Mariners envisioned when they acquired Lee from the Phillies during the offseason.


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