Phillies reliever Jose Alvarado has been suspended three games by Major League Baseball for his actions after knocking out Mets hitter Dominic Smith in the eighth inning of Friday night’s game.
He is appealing for the suspension and will be available when he appeals.
Alvarado reacted emotionally after beating Smith to finish inning with two men at base and a lead with a run. He gestured and shouted at Smith and then threw the glove in a “let’s go” kind of motion as Smith responded.
The benches were cleared and then cleared again 15 minutes later when Miguel Castro went in twice for Rhys Hoskins.
Phillies manager Joe Girardi is frustrated at losing one of his best relievers.
“The unfortunate thing is that people want to see emotions, but managers do not want to see players suspended. To me, it’s a little smelly. It could also have been the most exciting part of this game. ”
Alvarado has hit well this season and has allowed a run in eight innings with 13 strikes. He has hit three strokes, two of them Mets, and that was the first source of Smith’s frustration with him earlier in April.
“(MLB) felt he was inciting,” Girardi said of Alvarado, “but that does not make everyone run out of excavation. That’s what we’ll have to deal with and do the best we can. ”
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