Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar has been suspended two games by the club for directing a homophobic slur toward Braves pitcher Jason Motte.
Toronto general manager Ross Atkins told reporters Thursday that Pillar’s pay for those two games will be donated to a charity.
He’ll sit out Thursday’s game against the Braves and Friday’s opener with the Orioles.
The Blue Jays and Braves got into a benches-clearing scuffle during’s Wednesday’s 8-4 Atlanta win after Pillar took exception to a pitch from Motte. Pillar used a homophobic slur toward Motte to express his frustration.
We have to sit with him and talk about what’s best for him, what’s best for us, going forward, Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters (via ESPN.com) after Boston’s win over the Rangers, adding, The linescore isn’t what we’re going to see going forward. But from just answering the physical side of it, I think he’s answered that. We’ll check him in the morning and make sure there’s no physical ailments, which we don’t expect any and we’ll sit with him and map out the next step.
Price left the ballpark in Pawtucket without speaking to the media.
The nagging takeaway from Wednesday’s start: Price’s inability to put away hitters and his struggles with command. Both, according to the Globe, suggest that ’ while he is getting closer for major league competition ’ he’s still in a building phase. ’ It would come as little surprise if Price requires at least one more rehab start before returning to the big leagues.