It’s something we’ve come to expect. A player is suspended for an action on the field, but he doesn’t begin serving that suspension immediately because he files an appeal of the suspension, hoping to get it reduced or overturned.
The players’ union said in a statement Tuesday that Jimenez has requested an appeal of his ban for intentionally throwing at Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki during a spring training game Sunday. Major League Baseball suspended and fined Jimenez on Monday.
Jimenez is scheduled to start Cleveland’s second game of the season Saturday against Toronto.
Eventually, this appeal will be heard. Generally, the parties wait until the player’s team comes to New York for an in-person discussion at MLB headquarters, though you’d think someone might introduce MLB to the concept of “teleconferencing.” The Indians don’t come to New York until the end of June. So maybe we’ll have to wait until then. Or not, depending on how they decide to adjudicate this.