M's Campillo, McLaren suspended for high pitches vs. Angels

Updated: September 21, 2007, 9:31 PM ET
Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Mariners reliever Jorge Campillo was suspended for four games by Major League Baseball on Friday, a day after he threw at Vladimir Guerrero twice and was ejected.

Seattle manager John McLaren also was ejected and received a one-game suspension because both benches had been previously warned after Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jered Weaver plunked Kenji Johjima in the fourth inning.

Campillo relieved in the bottom of the inning and threw his first pitch high and tight to Jeff Mathis.

McLaren is sitting out Friday night's game against Los Angeles. Campillo was not expected to appeal, in which case he also would begin his suspension immediately.

The ruling was made by Bob Watson, baseball's vice president for discipline.

McLaren said Mariners' assistant general manager Lee Pelekoudas phoned him with the news Friday morning.

"I don't know if it's because it's the end of the season, but Bob [Watson] has been doing it very quickly," McLaren said, mentioning other suspensions that came down rapidly over the past two weeks.

In the sixth inning of the Angels' 9-5 win Thursday night, Campillo whizzed a fastball past Guerrero's head, which led to a bench- and bullpen-clearing scrum around the mound. No punches were thrown.

Guerrero, who had hit a two-run homer off Campillo in the fourth after ducking a fastball over his head, got up off the deck in the sixth, pointed at the right-hander and began striding toward to the mound. Seattle first baseman Ben Broussard quickly stepped in front of Guerrero and Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia also latched onto the star, who never got close to the mound.

McLaren said Campillo was trying to throw up and in, and "He threw too much up and in."

"We've talked about pitching more aggressively and moving them off the plate," the Mariners' manager said. "But you never go up around the head area. I wasn't happy about that at all. I didn't sleep all night.

"The turn of events just turned out sour all the way around. But I hate to put it all on Campillo. He's a young kid and he was overthrowing."

Scioscia thought Campillo's ban wasn't severe enough.

"I think it's maybe as much as the league can do, but it's certainly not adequate for what we saw last night. When a pitcher throws two baseballs at a hitter's head -- and I don't think anyone's going to argue how flagrant they were. Four games just doesn't cut it," Scioscia said.

"I think the [Players'] Association maybe protects the pitcher with some backing to say, `Hey, we don't want to take guys off the field for too long.' But who's going to speak for Vladie and Jeff Mathis in this process? Who's going to champion their side of having a 90-mph fastball thrown at their heads? Hopefully, they'll revisit that."

Scioscia wasn't the only one who felt Campillo got off easy.

"It should have been more," Angels reliever Scot Shields said. "Throwing at two guys' heads, that's uncalled for."


Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

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