Rays still bracing for news on Upton's possible suspension
The Rays expect to learn Saturday whether centerfielder B.J. Upton will be suspended for the ninth-inning tantrum he threw after being called out on strikes against the Blue Jays Wednesday, according to manager Joe Maddon.
Upton said he anticipates a fine and suspension after throwing his helmet, batting gloves and having to be restrained by third base coach Tom Foley and bench coach Dave Martinez from going after homeplate umpire Chad Fairchild.
"Not yet. I think it's going to be very, very soon,'' Maddon said when asked if he had heard from the MLB office. "By tomorrow. I did not call them...nothing right now.''
Perhaps in anticipation of Upton's possible suspension, the Rays recalled OF Brandon Guyer from Triple-A Durham after placing RHP Jeff Niemann on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a lower back strain. But Maddon said the move was made in part to give slumping LF Sam Fuld a day off.
"It's purely based on Niemann's down, we don't need that other starter until next week,'' Maddon said. "So we want to be able to give Sam (Fuld) a day off today. Left handed pitcher for them (Zach Britton). Why not bring up Brandon? It just makes sense. So that's what we did.''