Archive for Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Royals, managers suspended

August 6, 2008


— Kansas City catcher Miguel Olivo and pitcher Zack Greinke were suspended for five games Tuesday for their actions during a weekend game with the Chicago White Sox.

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was suspended two games and Royals manager Trey Hillman was given one game. All four penalties also included fines.

Olivo and Greinke appealed their suspensions, which were to begin with Tuesday night's game against Boston. They can continue to play until the appeal process is complete.

"We are appealing it because I think that is too much for me," Olivo said. "Their pitcher (wasn't) suspended at all, nothing.

"I'm disappointed because I'm hurt. I got my left hand hurt and my right hand. I know I'm going to get suspended, but not like for five days, maybe three or two games. I agree with that, but five games I think is a lot."

Guillen will sit out Tuesday and today against Detroit. The White Sox began the day percentage points ahead of Minnesota for the AL Central lead.

"My ballclub is going through a pretty tough time right now and I got to be with them 100 percent. I let my club down for two days," Guillen said. "This team can play without me, I believe in my coaches, I believe in the club. I don't think this team will play any differently having me here or not."


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