KC Royals: Edinson Volquez Drops Appeal


KC Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez has decided to drop the appeal of his five game suspension and began serving immediately.

Volquez was one of four Royals to be suspended after the brawl with the Chicago White Sox last Thursday.

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Yordano Ventura who was one of the instigators of the brawl after he cussed and shouted at Adam Eaton when he caught a ball hit towards him before he flipped the ball to first baseman Eric Hosmer. Ventura received a seven game suspension for his role in the fight.

Lorenzo Cain has had a feud with Jeff Samardzija since opening day when Samardzija beaned Cain after Mike Moustakas hit a home run. Samardzija charged Cain in the middle of the fight and the two players tangled and were the focus of the fight. Cain received a two game suspension.

Kelvin Herrera was suspended for two games but it was not clear the role he played in the fight. The two games for Herrera are tacked on to the five games that he received for pitching behind Oakland A’s third baseman Brett Lawrie.

Volquez was the player that was seen throwing the biggest punches including a big one at Samardzija as he fell to the ground after charging over Royals coach Mike Jirschele.

The five game suspension for Volquez seemed to be the most fair and obvious of all the suspensions handed out to Royals players. The appeal was likely just to stall to get him through Sundays game against the White Sox.

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White Sox pitchers Samardzija and Chris Sale were both suspended five games each for their participation in the fight.

Volquez managed to pitch a fantastic five innings on Sunday but things fell apart in the sixth inning. Volquez was pulled after 5.2 innings pitched with a 1.91 ERA. The Royals ultimately ended up losing the game 5-3, and losing the series to the White Sox after winning the first game but losing the last two.

Volquez has been solid for the KC Royals so far this season with a 2-2 record, 1.91 earned run average, 23 strike outs, and only five walks in 28.1 innings pitched.

Volquez will be eligible to return on Saturday, May 2nd against the Detroit Tigers. Ventura, Cain, and Herrera are still appealing their suspensions and will hopefully be able to get some leniency from MLB.

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