Encarnacion suspended 1 game; will appeal

Encarnacion suspended 1 game; will appeal

TORONTO -- Edwin Encarnacion knew a suspension was coming, but that doesn't mean he's going to accept it without first discussing it with Major League Baseball.

Encarnacion received a one-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for making contact with home plate umpire Vic Carapazza during the first inning of Toronto's 2-1 loss to Cleveland on Friday night.

The contact took place during an argument over Carapazza's strike zone. Encarnacion was ejected from the game after he took issue with a called third strike, and following the ejection, he appeared to bump Carapazza's shoulder with his chest.

"I was waiting for it," Encarnacion said of the suspension through an interpreter following the Blue Jays' 17-1 victory over Cleveland on Saturday. "I knew something was going to happen because supposedly I bumped into him, but I don't know what's going to happen now."

Encarnacion's RBI double

Encarnacion will be allowed to keep playing until his appeal is heard by MLB or until he decides to drop the appeal. Toronto outfielder Jose Bautista received a one-game suspension earlier this year and also opted to appeal, but in the end, he was still forced to sit out.

The 33-year-old Encarnacion took a pitch during the first inning of Friday's game and felt it was off the plate, but Carapazza clearly disagreed. Encarnacion dropped his bat and threw his hands into the air and after the two exchanged words Encarnacion was ejected from the game.

When Carapazza tossed Encarnacion, the designated hitter quickly turned back to continue his argument. During the verbal disagreement, Encarnacion appeared to bump Carapazza with his chest, and that's what led to his suspension. Manager John Gibbons also ran onto the field and was ejected during the same dispute.

"They are the ones who controlled the decision," Encarnacion said of MLB. "They know I'm not that type of person, so they're the ones who are going to decide what's going to happen with that."

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.