Toronto Blue Jay Kevin Pillar Under Investigation By MLB For Homophobic Slur

Entering Thursday's games, he was tied for fourth in the major leagues with 51 hits.

Freeman was hurt when hit by a pitch from Toronto's Aaron Loup during the fifth inning of an 8-4 victory over the Blue Jays on Wednesday night.

Around the same time as Colabello's positive test, Kevin Pillar was in contention with Michael Saunders to begin the 2016 season as the Blue Jays' lead-off hitter.

Major League Baseball is investigating the incident, which was caught on camera, and could suspend or fine Pillar. I'm nearly certain Pillar didn't mean to use the word literally, but that doesn't make it any better.

"I have apologized personally to Jason Motte, but also need to apologize to the Braves organization and their fans, and most importantly, to the LGBTQ community for the lack of respect I displayed last night", Pillar said.

Coppolella said re-signing Ryan Howard, who was released from the Braves' Triple-A Gwinnett team on May 8, is not an option.

Despite his later more thorough apology, some fans say they won't be satisfied until Pillar and the team take some type of action to reduce discrimination in the sport. It does not have to define who I am.

"Couple of years ago it was the other way, I was having trouble on the road", Teheran said.

Last off-season, Bautista re-signed with the Blue Jays after apparently finding little interest in the free-agent market.

The Braves won't have slugger Freddie Freeman in the lineup after he was hit on the inside of the left wrist by a pitch on Wednesday. "There is no question that was in the heat of the moment, but that's no excuse". It's part of the game, it's just, I'm a competitive guy and a heat of the moment. "I never play this game for myself". In September of 2012, shortstop Yunel Escobar notoriously wrote on his paste-on eye-black the words in block letters, TU ERE MARICON, which translates into "you are a faggot."

In the eighth inning, both teams charged onto the field after Toronto's Jose Bautista homered off Eric O'Flaherty, stared down the Atlanta reliever and flipped his bat high in the air.

Freeman headed to the clubhouse instead of first base, with no immediate word on the seriousness of the injury.

After whiffing on a quick pitch outside to end the top of the seventh inning, Pillar yelled toward the mound, resulting in the first of two bench-clearing incidents.

"That's something that's making the game tough to watch lately", O'Flaherty said. "It's turned into look-at-me stuff". I didn't see it at the time. "It's just exhausted. We've seen it from him, though".

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