Toronto CF Kevin Pillar apologizes for using anti-gay slur


Freeman left the game.

Toronto general manager Ross Atkins said the Blue Jays consulted with Major League Baseball and the players association before deciding on the punishment, per

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar was suspended for two games on Thursday for directing a homophobic slur toward an Atlanta Braves pitcher during Wednesday's game.

Julio Teheran hit Jose Bautista in the thigh during the first inning of Thursday night's game.

All of it was overshadowed by an injury to Freddie Freeman.

X-rays taken at SunTrust Park were inconclusive, so Freeman was to undergo an MRI and other tests on Thursday. Wednesday was the first anniversary of Brian Snitker taking over as Braves manager after Fredi Gonzalez was sacked. The Blue Jays knocked him around, scoring nine runs on eight hits over just three innings. "A win is a win. When your best player goes down, and he's hit in kind of a freak spot, you're just hoping for the best". Specifically, he called the Atlanta Braves pitcher, Jason Mott, a "fag".

There were a couple of altercations in the late innings.

Pillar directed the slur toward Atlanta Braves pitcher Jason Motte after striking out in the seventh inning of Wednesday's 8-4 loss.

Bautista walked calmly to first base, while both dugouts were warned by plate umpire Paul Emmel. Again, no one really fought, but O'Flaherty did not mince his words about Bautista's gesture.

"It's not a good look for me, it's not a good look for our team and it's something that happens when you're competitive", Pillar said.

"(The) guy wants to hit a home run in a five-run game, pimp it, throw the bat around.

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That doesn't excuse him for the comment, but it's encouraging to see that he knows the mistake he made and feels awful about it.

He continued with this gem, "I'm surprised he's ready to fight after past year".

Even though Bautista is a hero in Toronto for what he has done over the course of 10 seasons, his antics against the Orioles, Rangers, Royals, and now Braves has made him a hated figure outside of Canada.

"Nobody's ever seen that before?"

But he conceded that his team was frustrated.

"That's the No. 1 thing", Suzuki said.

The result was the same.

The Atlanta Braves have scored 27 runs in taking three straight interleague games against the Toronto Blue Jays, but the latest victory may have been costly.

"Obviously when I hit, it's checking out the backdrop", Goins said.

It remains to be seen if Major League Baseball is going to punish Pillar on top of this, or if they're going to allow the Jays to handle this internally. "I might have jumped the gun saying he'd be back for the weekend", Gibbons conceded. The team placed third baseman Adonis Garcia on the disabled list with Achilles tendinitis before Wednesday's game.