Rizzo speaks with MLB, no dis­ci­pline for plate col­li­sion

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CHICAGO | An­thony Rizzo re­ceived a call from Ma­jor League Base­ball about his col­li­sion Mon­day with San Diego Padres catcher Austin Hedges at home plate, but the Chicago Cubs slug­ger will not be pun­ished.

MLB Chief Base­ball Of­fi­cer Joe Torre spoke with Rizzo on Tues­day to in­form him he had vi­o­lated Rule 7.13, which pro­tects catch­ers from col­li­sions. The rule was in­tro­duced in 2014.

Rizzo slammed into Hedges in the sixth in­ning of Chicago’s 3-2 win. Rizzo was called out, and Hedges left the game with a bruised right thigh.

“It an in­stinct play, there’s no in­tent to be ma­li­cious to­ward Austin Hedges, to­ward the San Diego Padres, it wasn’t a state­ment,” Rizzo said. “It’s a tough base­ball rule and there’s a lot of gray area. The league looked at it, and it’s over with now.”

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