The Blue Jays have suspended outfielder Kevin Pillar for two games without pay for his use of a homophobic slur during Wednesday’s game, according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet. Pillar will forfeit his salary from those two games and donate to an undisclosed charity.
Pillar directed the slur at Braves pitcher Jason Motte after a quick pitch Wednesday night, drawing widespread criticism. The outfielder apologized on Twitter following the incident:
Pillar, 28, has been worth a 1.6-WAR to the Jays so far this year, hitting .305/.357/.497 with six homers in 41 games. In his absence, the Jays have called up outfielder Dwight Smith, Jr., a 24-year old who has hit .297/.350/.422 with three homers in 36 games for Triple-A Buffalo this season.
The Blue Jays, who consulted with the league and Major League Baseball Players Association before levying the decision, also issued a statement about the incident on Thursday afternoon: