Player threw trash can at fans

Updated: April 28, 2011, 5:17 PM ET
ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers minor leaguer Engel Beltre received a 15-game suspension for his role in a confrontation with fans during a Double-A game in San Antonio.

The Rangers said Wednesday that Beltre, who is on their 40-man roster and playing for Frisco, apparently heaved a plastic trash can into the stands at fans after water bottles had been thrown at Frisco players at the end of Tuesday's 6-5 loss.

"It was a regrettable incident on a lot of fronts but our guys need to know to walk away -- not just Engel," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said on Thursday. "Regardless of what happened, some behavior is just unacceptable. We've looked into the situation and will handle it internally."

On Wednesday he had said that "it's a black eye for all involved."

Daniels also said Wednesday that the organization would "continue to look at it as far as the involvement of other people."

Beltre had been suspended indefinitely while the club investigated.

The Rangers are considering sending the suspended 21-year-old center fielder to Surprise, Ariz., for extended spring training work, Daniels said before the 15-game ban was announced.

San Antonio police detained three fans, though it was unclear if any charges were filed.

The incident came soon after a controversial call in the ninth inning when umpires overturned a potential three-run, go-ahead homer by Frisco's Michael Bianucci, instead ruling it was an RBI ground-rule double.

RoughRiders manager Steve Buechele was ejected for arguing the call. The next Frisco batter struck out for the final out of the game.

San Antonio Missions president Burl Yarbrough was nearby when the melee broke out.

"I was standing there, and all of a sudden, a trash can came flying out of the dugout," he told the San Antonio Express-News in a story on the newspaper's website. "I've been here 24 years, and I've never seen anything like this."

Information from ESPNDallas.com contributor Randy Jennings and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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