Victorino suspended three games, will appeal
Phillies outfielder among four fined for bench-clearing incident
Major League Baseball announced Monday that Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino has been levied a three-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for his actions from last Friday's game. Victorino was at the root of a bench-clearing incident against the Giants.
Victorino's suspension was handed down by Joe Garagiola Jr., MLB's senior vice president of standards and on-field operations. Victorino, who has elected to appeal the sanction and will be able to play until his case is heard, was cited for "aggressive actions" that prolonged the incident between the clubs.
MLB also announced that three other players -- Philadelphia's Placido Polanco and San Francisco's Ramon Ramirez and Eli Whiteside -- will receive undisclosed fines for their part in the incident.
The action began in the sixth inning of Friday's game after Ramirez hit Victorino with a pitch. Victorino began walking toward the mound and was intercepted by Whiteside, who also tackled Polanco when he rushed in to support his teammate. All four players were ejected from the game.
But the drama didn't stop there. Victorino pushed past home-plate umpire Mike Muchlinski to get back in the middle of things, and he was eventually restrained by a member of Philadelphia's coaching staff. Order wound up being restored, and the Phillies held on for a 9-2 victory over San Francisco.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.