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Manny Machado: ‘We’ve got a good case’ in suspension appeal

Major League Baseball announced Monday that Manny Machado has been suspended one game for “aggressively arguing and making contact with umpire Bill Welke” during Saturday night’s game against the Colorado Rockies, and the San Diego Padres slugger believes the punishment will be reversed in appeal.

Machado was quickly ejected by Welke during the top of the fifth inning after arguing getting called out on a questionable 2-2 pitch. Machado proceeded to spike his helmet and yell at the home plate umpire, during which Welke alleged the Padres star made contact with him.

“I didn’t think I touched him,” Machado said ahead of Monday’s series opener against the Milwaukee Brewers, via MLB.com. “The video says it all. We’re going to appeal it, and we think we’ve got a good case.”

Machado was in the lineup for Monday’s game pending the outcome of his appeal, and he continued to reiterate he made no contact with Welke.

“He pointed, but I was way too into the zone of letting him hear what I had to say on what I thought about the call,” Machado said. “I didn’t think I touched him.”

It’s unclear when Machado’s appeal will be heard, but the expectation is it will be soon so a resolution of the matter can be reached. If the appeal succeeds, the one-game suspension will be reversed, but the accompanying fine will not. If the appeal fails, Machado will immediately serve the suspension.

“We have our case,” Machado said. “We’ll just wait to see what the appeal comes back with.”