CHICAGO — Stephen Strasburg and Davey Johnson will avoid suspensions after both were ejected in Saturday’s game against the Braves. Major League Baseball declined to suspend the Washington Nationals, essentially indicating they did not believe Strasburg threw at Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons on purpose.
Strasburg was ejected in the second inning after threw three straight wild pitches to Simmons, including two behind the back of the Braves’ shortstop, one inning after he’d hit Justin Upton with a 97-mph fastball in the backside.
The plunking, which came one day after the Braves hit Bryce Harper twice and three times in the previous three games between the teams, resulted in warnings for both benches. But Strasburg, who entirely lost command in the second inning, threw seven pitches and all of them were balls.
His three wild pitches to Simmons resulted in a run.
Asked about the decision not to further penalize Strasburg or Johnson, the manager said he was pleased.
“I think that’s a great decision,” he said.