ARLINGTON (AP) – Texas Rangers minor leaguer Engel Beltre has been suspended indefinitely by the Texas League for his role in a confrontation with fans during a Double-A game in San Antonio.
The Rangers said Wednesday that Beltre, who is on their 40-man roster and playing for Frisco, apparently heaved a plastic trash can into the stands at fans after water bottles had been thrown at Frisco players at the end of Tuesday’s 6-5 loss.
“It’s a black eye for all involved,” Rangers GM Jon Daniels said. “We do not know everything that happened, but we’re looking into it.”
Daniels said the organization would “continue to look at it as far as the involvement of other people.”
San Antonio police detained three fans, though it was unclear if any charges were filed.
The incident came soon after a controversial call in the ninth inning when umpires overturned a potential three-run, go-ahead homer by Frisco’s Michael Bianucci, instead ruling it was an RBI ground-rule double.
RoughRiders manager Steve Buechele was ejected for arguing the call. The next Frisco batter struck out for the final out of the game.
San Antonio Missions president Burl Yarbrough was nearby when the melee broke out.
“I was standing there, and all of a sudden, a trash can came flying out of the dugout,” he told the San Antonio Express-News in a story on the newspaper’s website. “I’ve been here 24 years, and I’ve never seen anything like this.”
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