Major League Baseball suspends San Francisco Giants pitcher George Kontos for three gamesManager Bruce Bochy also suspended in wake of Kontos' ejection Tuesday
In the eighth inning of Tuesday’s Giants-Pirates game, Kontos threw a pitch behind Pirates left fielder Starling Marte, earning both teams a warning from home plate umpire Wally Bell; Kontos then hit McCutchen later in the inning, earning himself and his manager an early exit, although the righty later told reporters it wasn’t an intentional plunking, simply an attempt to pitch inside that went awry.
Kontos, who is 2-1 with a 5.76 ERA in 31 games for San Francisco this season, may best be remembered as a former Yankees farmhand; a 2006 fifth-round draft choice of the Yankees, he made his Major League debut in pinstripes in 2011, and was traded to the Giants for catcher Chris Stewart at the very end of Spring Training in 2012.
The Giants optioned Kontos to Triple-A Fresno on Wednesday, but he cannot serve the suspension until he returns to the Major League roster.
Bochy’s ejection and subsequent suspension stem from an MLB policy that states managers will receive that punishment if their pitcher is ejected following a warning. He will sit out Thursday’s series finale, and bench coach Ron Wotus will run the team in his absence.