Jose Bautista’s suspension upheld, will miss opener vs. Red Sox

Jose Bautista is held back by Blue Jays teammate Ryan Goins after a fight against the Rangers in Texas on May 15. (LM Otero/AP)

Jose Bautista‘s one-game suspension has been upheld, so he will sit out the Toronto Blue Jays‘ series opener versus the Boston Red Sox on Friday night.

Bautista said he didn’t agree with the reasoning MLB provided for upholding the suspension.

“It’s so unfounded,” he told reporters. “It doesn’t have any basis. I can’t figure it out. The reasons that I read in the letter to me are so — I don’t know — they don’t fit. It doesn’t match. I don’t understand it.”

That said, Bautista didn’t detail MLB’s reasoning. He says it’s the league’s responsibility to justify the decision.

“100 percent,” Bautista said. “I think they owe it to the fans who pay a lot of money to come watch me play and give them a specific reason of why I’m not playing today.”

Meanwhile, Rougned Odor had his suspension reduced by one game.

“His situation is his situation,” Bautista said. “I can’t say that I agree with it, but he’s got his right to appeal. He either has friends in high places or that organization does, or he did a really good job of convincing them that… I don’t even know what. He convinced them of something.”

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