The Chicago White Sox were without manager Tony La Russa on Saturday night after Major League Baseball announced it had suspended him one game after pitcher Mike Wright hit Angels star Shohei Ohtani in the ninth inning on Thursday night.
Wright was suspended three games for the incident, although he is appealing the decision. La Russa was also fined an undisclosed amount.
Wright was pitching in the ninth inning of a game the White Sox were losing 9-3 on Thursday night when he nearly hit Ohtani with two pitches before finally hitting him in the legs with the fourth pitch of the at-bat.
The umpires convened and decided to eject Wright for intentionally hitting the MVP candidate.
La Russa argued the ejection, which resulted in him being tossed as well.
La Russa defended Wright after the game, denying that the reliever was trying to hit Ohtani.
Angels manager Joe Maddon felt differently, claiming after the game it was “retaliatory” because a couple of White Sox players were hit by Angels earlier in the series.