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MLB Announces Punishment For Marlins Pitcher Who Drilled Ronald Acuna Jr.

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The MLB announced this evening the punishment for Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Urena, who drilled Atlanta Braves star rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. on the first pitch of Wednesday night's game.

Acuna Jr. had to leave that game in the second inning with an apparent injury. Thankfully, it wasn't serious, and he's back in the lineup tonight.

The MLB announced tonight that Urena is being suspended for six games. This means he should miss one start.

This suspension is not enough, according to many within baseball. Urena, pretty clearly, intentionally drilled Acuna for nothing more than the fact that he had been killing their team at the plate. ESPN's Keith Olbermann thought Urena should've been suspended for the entire season. "Let’s have a little leadership, MLB. Suspend Urena for the season and Mattingly for a week. Let the union sue. This is the revenge of the mediocre against the gifted. Enough," he tweeted. He then added the following tonight. "Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has just passively endorsed revenge. It’s open season on hitters - and doubtless against Urena."

Acuna has been one of the best players in baseball over the last couple of weeks. He's now one of the frontrunners for the NL's Rookie of the Year award along with the Washington Nationals' Juan Soto.