Yorvit Torrealba suspended in Venezuela
December, 26, 2011
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com
Rangers backup catcher Yorvit Torrealba has been suspended 66 games by the Venezuelan League, the league president Jose Grasso Vecchio announced on twitter Monday morning.
The suspension is the rest of this season and all of next season in the Venezuelan League. Penalties in winter ball do not carry over to Major League Baseball. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said over the weekend that the club was aware of the incident and was gathering information before determining any possible course of action.
Torrealba struck a home plate umpire in the facemask after a strike out in a game on Friday. Shortly after Torrealba, who plays for Leones del Caracas, swung and missed at strike three, he got in the face of the umpire and eventually shoved him in the face.
Torrealba, 33, hit .273 with seven homers and 37 RBIs for the Rangers in 2011. He has one more season remaining on his contract.