Torrealba gets 66-game ban in Venezuela for hitting ump
|Texas Rangers' Mitch Moreland (R) slaps hands with teammate Yorvit Torrealba after hitting a solo home run against the St. Louis Cardinals in the third inning of Game 5 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in Arlington, Texas, October 24, 2011. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)
Texas Rangers catcher Yorvit Torrealba has been suspended 66 games by the Venezuelan League after hitting an umpire in the facemask.
The ban was announced Monday on twitter by league president Jose Grasso Vecchio as reported by ESPN.com.
Video on espn.com shows an umpire flinching and moving backward while wincing after getting struck in his facemask during Friday’s game. Torrealba had just struck out.
Torrealba, a member of the Leones del Caracas squad, got into a heated argument with Dario Rivera Jr. over a strike call he disagreed with earlier in the count.
Torrealba hit .273 with with seven home runs and 37 RBI last season for the AL champs. He has 52 career round-trippers with 309 RBI.
The Rangers are reportedly reviewing the incident and have not yet determined if they will punish Torrealba for his actions.