(USATODAY) — Major League Baseball let Boston Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster know they’ll handle Alex Rodriguez’s punishment on their own, with no need for vigilante acts, suspending Dempster five games for intentionally hitting the New York Yankees slugger Sunday night.
Dempster, who was also fined an undisclosed amount, was not ejected from the game Sunday after hitting Rodriguez in the second inning, but MLB’s punishment showed that home-plate umpire Brian O’Nora made a mistake by not ejecting the Red Sox starter.
“Whether you like me or hate, that was wrong,” Rodriguez told reporters Sunday night. “That was unprofessional and silly. It was kind of a silly way to get someone hurt on your team as well.”