Major League Baseball will review security at Toronto's Rogers Centre in an effort to prevent a repeat of the fan disturbance during Game 5 of the Blue Jays' AL Division Series win over Texas.
Spectators littered the field with debris during an 18-minute delay Wednesday. Toronto C Russell Martin hit Shin-Soo Choo's bat with his seemingly simple return throw to the pitcher, which resulted in a go-ahead run for the Rangers after several conferences and an umpire's review. Toronto rallied to win 6-3.
"The highly unfortunate reactions of a group of fans at Rogers Centre in Wednesday's game represented a major source of concern," MLB said in a statement Thursday. "We appreciate the response of the local authorities and the Blue Jays stadium operations staff in identifying, ejecting and — in some cases — arresting the offenders."
Starting Monday, Toronto hosts Games 3-5 of the AL Championship Series.
"We will discuss comprehensive security plans for upcoming postseason games in Toronto and reiterate the importance of fans observing the appropriate code of conduct," MLB said. "Setting (Wednesday's) situation aside, the enthusiasm from Toronto fans in recent months has been extraordinary. We will do everything we can to foster a safe and fan-friendly atmosphere at Rogers Centre and to ensure that a situation like Wednesday's will not be repeated."
Fan Albert Grummitt, 33, was arrested on a mischief charge after a baby was hit by the spray from a thrown beer can. He is due in court Nov. 24.
ASTROS: The team postponed a renovation of centerfield at Minute Maid Park.
Cardinals: C Yadier Molina had surgery for a ligament injury to his left thumb and is expected to be ready for spring training.
CUBS: SS Addison Russell will miss the National League Championship Series with a hamstring injury he sustained in Game 3 of the NLDS. No decision was made on a roster addition. Javier Baez will start in his place.