Astros' Marisnick suspended 2 games for collision with Lucroy

Houston Astros Jake Marisnick left checks on Los Angeles Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy

Houston Astros Jake Marisnick left checks on Los Angeles Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy

The Angels said Lucroy would see an ear, nose and throat specialist after the All-Star break, when his swelling had subsided.

Barring an appeal, Marisnick will be able to return to the Astros' lineup on Saturday when the team continues its four-game set with the Texas Rangers.

Joe Torre, MLB's chief baseball officer, said he thoroughly reviewed the play from all angles. Marisnick tagged up from third base and right fielder Kole Calhoun's throw home was bobbled by Lucroy just in front of home plate before Marisnick collided full speed with Lucroy.

"Obviously I still feel awful about it", Marisnick told reporters on Thursday.

Marisnick later took to social media to explain himself, saying "I thought the play was going to end up on the outside of the plate".

The rule includes this stipulation: "The failure by the runner to make an effort to touch the plate, the runner's lowering of the shoulder, or the runner's pushing through with his hands, elbows or arms, would support a determination that the runner deviated from the pathway in order to initiate contact with the catcher in violation of Rule 6.01 (i)". Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina blasted Marisnick on Instagram, calling it a " bulls-t play". In addition, a catcher without possession of the ball shall not be adjudged to violate this Rule 6.01 (i)(2) if the runner could have avoided the collision with the catcher (or other player covering home plate) by sliding.

Angels manager Brad Ausmus called for the league to evaluate the incident after telling reporters "it certainly didn't look like a clean play" following the game. "I don't know what actually happened. Major League Baseball should probably take a look at it and consider some type of suspension, quite frankly". "It's hard in that one to three-foot circle where you're trying to figure out, going in full speed, what's going to happen".