Dye appeals two-game suspension
White Sox outfielder will play in opener vs. Blue Jays
TORONTO -- White Sox outfielder Jermaine Dye was handed a two-game suspension, as well as an undisclosed fine, by Major League Baseball on Friday for his outburst following a strikeout in Wednesday's game against the Indians.
Dye has appealed the suspension, and he will continue to play until a decision is made by the league. He was in the lineup for Friday's series opener against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.
On Wednesday, with the White Sox trailing, 4-0, in the sixth and the bases loaded and two outs, Dye was called out by home-plate umpire Mike DiMuro on a 2-2 pitch from Cliff Lee. Dye protested the call, punctuating it by slamming his helmet off the ground. When Dye walked back to the dugout, his helmet bounced up and made contact with DiMuro's midsection.
"I didn't turn around so I didn't even know it hit him," Dye said on Friday. "I still haven't seen the replay, so I don't even know what it looks like."
After the incident, DiMuro tossed Dye from the game, handing the 14-year veteran his third career ejection and first since May 21, 2007.
This is also Dye's first career suspension.
"I didn't know what to expect, because I've never been suspended before," Dye said. "I don't know how they even go about knowing how long a suspension should be. I figured if anything, I'd be fined.
"It wasn't intentional. I can't control the helmet if it goes backwards. I slammed it straight down just being mad at myself. That was it, it wasn't intentional."
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen agreed that the incident was accidental.
"He didn't do it intentionally," Guillen asserted. "He just threw the helmet, and unfortunately, it hit the umpire. When it hit him, he was walking in the way of the batting box, and unfortunately, it hit him."
Entering Friday, Dye was hitting .283 with seven home runs and 17 RBIs in 31 games for Chicago this year.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and David Singh is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.