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White Sox’s Tim Anderson Suspended 3 Games to make Connection with Umpire

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Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson has been suspended three games to make connection with home plate umpire Nick Mahrley in Friday’s 7-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics, in accordance with ESPN’s Jesse Rogers.

Anderson is appealing the suspension and you will be in a position to play until there’s the official ruling.

After Anderson was ejected while contesting a higher strike call, he seemed to bump into Mahrley’s head along with his helmet.

White Sox manager Tony La Russa was also tossed from the overall game.

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It’s no real surprise Anderson got upset with the strike call because the White Sox were down 5-3 at that time. Furthermore, Chicago is in a good battle for the AL Central lead, just three games behind the Minnesota Twins for first in the division.

Friday’s loss saw the White Sox drop to 49-50.

La Russa supported his player following the game, via Gavin Good of the Associated Press (h/t Yahoo):

I dont think Tim cursed him or anything. In the event that you dont allow a new player to be emotional, (and) you’ve got a couple of robots out here playing, thats not entertaining. That at-bat, I thought the pitches were questionable. He got upset. I believe you should allow players to spark, provided that they dont cross a line. And that thing escalated before Tim did anything. Hes thrilled. Thats just how he plays. Thats just how youre likely to play.

Anderson received a one-game suspension earlier this year for giving fans the center finger during an April matchup contrary to the Cleveland Guardians at Progressive Field. However, his punishment was reduced to only a fine after an appeal.

The 29-year-old is having another solid season in Chicago, slashing .310/.351/.414 with six home runs, 25 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 71 games.

If Anderson’s suspension is upheld, the White Sox can change to Leury Garcia at shortstop. However, he was not nearly as effective this season, hitting .205/.230/.270 with three home runs, 17 RBI and something stolen base in 73 games.

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