"After thoroughly reviewing the play from all angles, I have concluded that Jake's actions warrant discipline", MLB chief baseball officer Joe Torre said in a statement acquired by Chandler Rome of The Houston Chronicle. While Torre said in a statement that he does "not believe that Jake meant to injure Jonathan", he also said "the contact [Jake] initiated in his attempt to score violated Official Baseball Rule 6.01 (i), which is created to protect catchers from precisely this type of collision". If Marisnick does not appeal the punishment, he'll begin serving it tonight.
The suspension was announced Thursday before the AL West-leading Astros played a series opener at Texas in their first game after the All-Star break.
Umpires called Marisnick out under the home-plate collision rule, and despite an Astros challenge, it was upheld.
"Obviously I still feel awful about it", Marisnick told reporters on Thursday.
Lucroy appeared to be knocked unconscious momentarily after the contact and Marisnick immediately went over to him to check on him knowing the violence of their collision. For me, I was running and I see him take a step kind of up the line like he's going to drop and go back so I tried to take an in step and slide head first on the inside corner.
Following the collision, Marisnick said that he didn't intentionally try to injure Lucroy.
Marisnick collided with Lucroy at home plate while trying to score on a sacrifice fly hit by George Springer. The Angels catcher sustained a concussion and broken nose. "I don't know what actually happened".
Marisnick defended his play in interviews following the game, but he also said in a Twitter post on Sunday evening that he "felt terrible", and apologized profusely to Lucroy. "The call was right". "Just turned out to be an ugly play".