Boston pitcher Ryan Dempster didn't admit to any wrongdoing but began serving his five-game suspension Tuesday for throwing at New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez three days earlier.
“I thought about appealing,” said Dempster, who maintains that he was trying to establish the inside part of the plate and didn't hit A-Rod on purpose during the second inning of Sunday's game.
“At the end of the day, I think Major League Baseball does a really good job of thinking through punishments before they hand them out. I thought it was in the best interest of us as a team to go ahead and serve my suspension.”
Dempster was scheduled to pitch Saturday against the Dodgers in Los Angeles but now appears to be in line to start at home against Baltimore on Tuesday. With the Red Sox off Thursday, Jon Lester will be able to pitch on regular rest Saturday and Jake Peavy can throw Sunday on normal four days' rest.