CC Sabathia threw away a half a million bucks to stick up for his teammates. That move will also cost the Yankees lefty a five-game suspension and an undisclosed fine, Major League Baseball announced on Saturday.
Sabathia was punished for intentionally throwing at Rays catcher Jesus Sucre leading off the sixth inning during Thursday’s game in St. Pete.
The veteran hurler was responding to Rays pitcher Andrew Kitteredge throwing at Austin Romine’s head the previous inning. Kitteredge was given a three-game ban.
Both suspensions will be served next season. Sabathia is appealing.
The bad blood started the day before when a Masahiro Tanaka pitch broke Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier’s foot. Then Sabathia accidentally plunked Rays first baseman Jake Bauers on the wrist with two outs and none on in the fifth.
Home plate umpire Vic Carapazza had issued a warning to both managers after the inning.
“There was no intent (on Sabathia’s part),” said Boone after Thursday’s game. “I was so mad. I understand they were upset at Kiermaier’s foot getting broken but you start messing around with players’ heads…”
Sabathia had been in line to earn a $500,000 roster bonus if he pitched two more innings.