Rangers manager Chris Woodward and right-handed reliever Ian Gibaut have been suspended one game and three games, respectively, due to their actions in the Rangers’ Monday night loss to the Padres.
Chris Woodward suspended 1 game for last night because Ian Gibaut, MLB ruled, purposely threw behind Manny Machado.— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) August 18, 2020
Gibaut has been suspended 3 games. He is appealing. So Gibaut is available; Woodward is not.
The Rangers — namely Woodward — got heated Monday night after the Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr. swung at a 3-0 pitch with the bases loaded in the eighth inning of a 10-3 game, violating an apparent “unwritten rule” as he hit a grand slam.
@tatis_jr grand slam pic.twitter.com/agtKnvQ7kH— MLB (@MLB) August 18, 2020
Woodward promptly pulled Juan Nicasio, who gave up the homer, and replaced him with Gibaut, who went on to throw behind the Padres’ next batter, Manny Machado. (Neither Woodward or Gibaut was ejected at the time.)
The Rangers just threw behind a Padres hitter because the previous hitter (Fernando Tatis Jr.) hit a granny on 3-0.— Danny Vietti (@DannyVietti) August 18, 2020
Here's a thought: how about you learn how to not give up 14 runs and not give up 7 RBI to a kid who can barely legally buy a beer. pic.twitter.com/y68zDQW8dS
Despite former-coworker-turned-opposing-manager Jayce Tingler endorsing his tantrum and throwing Tatis Jr. under the bus, Woodward was unable to avoid discipline from MLB. He’ll sit out the Rangers’ Tuesday game against the Padres and return Wednesday as the series shifts to San Diego; Gibaut is appealing his suspension, so it remains to be seen if and when he’ll sit out.