White Sox reliever Cordero suspended three games for hitting Contreras

Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Jimmy Cordero heads to the bench during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Detroit. (Carlos Osorio/AP)

CHICAGO — Major League Baseball suspended Chicago White Sox reliever Jimmy Cordero for three games Saturday and fined him an undisclosed amount for hitting the Cubs’ Willson Contreras with a pitch.

Manager Rick Renteria was suspended for one game, and he and pitching coach Don Cooper were also fined. Renteria, who served his suspension on Saturday, expected Cordero to appeal his punishment.

“They did what they had to do,” Renteria said. “They have a protocol that they instituted this year. They’re trying to stay consistent and follow it, so just abide by it.”

Cordero, Renteria and Cooper were ejected from Friday’s 10-0 loss by plate umpire Dan Bellino after Cordero hit Contreras with a pitch in the seventh inning. Cordero said after the game it was unintentional and he simply threw a bad pitch.

Contreras hit a three-run shot off Dylan Cease in the third, then exited the batter’s box with sky-high bat flip. He also greeted White Sox utilityman Yolmer Sanchez, who pitched the ninth, with a solo shot for his eighth career multi-homer game.

The playoff-bound White Sox had lost six straight and were tied with Cleveland for second place in the AL Central behind Minnesota entering Saturday’s game.

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