Padilla fined for plunking Teixeira
Rangers righty drilled former teammate twice on Tuesday
NEW YORK -- Rangers starting pitcher Vicente Padilla was fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Baseball for hitting Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira with a pitch in the fourth inning of Tuesday's game, a 12-3 Texas loss.
Yankees starter A.J. Burnett was suspended six games for throwing near the head of Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz in the fifth inning of that game. Burnett will appeal the suspension.
Padilla was unavailable for comment
The disciplinary actions were announced in a press release before Thursday's game. On Tuesday, Padilla hit Teixeira twice, prompting Teixeira to shout at Padilla on his way to first base. Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia immediately jumped from behind the plate to calm Teixeira and stop the situation from escalating further.
After the game, Teixeira intimated the pitches thrown at him were intentional and that Padilla has a history of purposefully plunking opposing batters. Padilla maintained both pitches were unintentional. Padilla and Teixeira were teammates with Texas from 2006-07.
A half-inning after Teixeira was hit the second time, Burnett threw up and in to Cruz, prompting the umpires to warn both benches. There were no other incidents the rest of the game or during Wednesday's game.
Before Wednesday's game, reports surfaced that Padilla had been placed on waivers, but the decision has not been confirmed by the club.
Jared Diamond is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.