Blue Jays suspend outfielder Kevin Pillar for two games

TORONTO, ON - MAY 10: Toronto Blue Jays Center field Kevin Pillar (11) reacts during the MLB regular season game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Cleveland Indians on May 10, 2017, at Rogers Centre in Toronto, ON, Canada. (Photograph by Julian Avram/Icon Sportswire)
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The Toronto Blue Jays have suspended outfielder Kevin Pillar for two games after he was investigated by Major League Baseball for allegedly hurling an anti-gay slur at Atlanta Braves pitcher Jason Motte on Wednesday, according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.

Earlier Thursday, ESPN reported that the incident between Pillar and Motte was under investigation.

After Motte struck out Pillar to end the seventh inning, Pillar began shouting at Motte, claiming he was quick-pitched. Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki stepped in to try to quell the situation before both benches cleared.

Pillar apologized after the game but did not give any indication as to what he actually said to Motte.

“It was immature, it was stupid, it was uncalled for,” said Pillar, according to Rob Longley of The Toronto Sun. “It’s part of the game, it’s just I’m a competitive guy and (it was) heat of the moment. Obviously I’m going to do whatever I’ve got to do to reach out and apologize and let him know he didn’t do anything wrong. It was all me.”

He added that it was “not a good look” for him.

“More than anything it’s just a little frustration of how the series has been going and it came out in one play,” he also said.

The 28-year-old boasts a slash line of .305/.357/.497 with six home runs and 12 RBI over 183 plate appearances this season.

The Blue Jays are currently 17-24 and sit in last place in the American League East Division. They will wrap up their four-game series with the Braves on Thursday night.

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