Odor Appeal to be Heard Tuesday

On Tuesday afternoon, Major League Baseball will hear the appeal for Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor's eight-game suspension he was handed after throwing the punch heard 'round the world squarely on Jose Bautista's left jaw.

The Rangers won't be involved in the appeal, and really, neither will Odor.

The assistant general counsel to the MLB Players Association will present Odor's case to the league using really nothing but precedent and comparable suspensions for comparable incidents.

The most common example being thrown around in discussions is the Milwaukee Brewers' Martin Maldanado getting a five-game ban for a similar punch to Pittsburgh's Travis Snider back in 2014, which was ironically another game Rangers manager Jeff Banister was involved with when he was the bench coach for the Pirates.

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The appeal is set for Tuesday afternoon and rulings usually take a day or two. The fact the Rangers play on Wednesday at 1:05 p.m. means Odor could very well play Tuesday and Wednesday before hearing a result Wednesday evening or Thursday morning and beginning his suspension when the Rangers open a three-game set on Friday against the Pirates.

Odor could benefit from a small break given the fact he's a bad slump at the moment, but the Rangers won't benefit as they're in a bit of bind with their roster with both Drew Stubbs and Shin-Soo Choo hitting the disabled list on Monday. Odor will have to stay on the active 25-man roster during his suspension meaning they'll be playing with a short bench.

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