ANAHEIM — A's reliever Fernando Abad said he feared the worst when he found out that Major League Baseball had slapped Baltimore's Manny Machado with a five-game suspension on Tuesday.

After all, it was Abad who had been judged as having thrown twice at Machado Sunday in the eighth inning, after which Machado threw the bat.

There was a price to be paid, but only a little one, and no suspension. Abad was fined $750, and the A's will likely cover that, because they don't believe he should have been fined at all.

Abad, after all, did not hit anyone and earlier in the series against Baltimore during a heated moment the Orioles. Wei-Yin Chen actually hit Josh Donaldson with a pitch and didn't get either an ejection or a fine.

In this Sunday, June 8, 2014 photo, home plate umpire Adrian Johnson, left, separates Baltimore Orioles’ Manny Machado, left, and Oakland Athletics
In this Sunday, June 8, 2014 photo, home plate umpire Adrian Johnson, left, separates Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado, left, and Oakland Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt after Machado threw his bat into the infield in the eighth inning of a baseball game in Baltimore. Machado was ejected for throwing the bat and Athletics pitcher Fernando Abad was ejected for throwing at him a second time. The Athletics beat the nOrioles 11-1. (AP Photo/Gail Burton) ( GAIL BURTON )

"I was a little worried,'' Abad said. "I heard what they did to Machado. But 10 minutes later my agent called. I was relieved when it was only the fine. I didn't do anything wrong. But I think most people knew (Machado) did.''

Abad could appeal the fine through the player's union, but he said he won't, that he just wants to get on with pitching for the A's.

  • The A's seemed relatively satisfied with the five-game suspension Machado was handed.

    Shortstop Jed Lowrie said that you could make a case for a longer suspension, but that the 21-year old has a chance to learn from his mistake

    "I understand why they settled on five games,'' Lowrie said. "That's OK.''


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  • Donaldson and Lowrie both were among the group taking early batting practice Tuesday.

    Donaldson is hitless in his last 15 at-bats and Lowrie can do him one better, without a hit in his last 16 at-bats.

  • "It's good because they have the ability to get in a lot of swings,'' Melvin said.

    Melvin also said he might talk to Donaldson to see if the third baseman needs a day off in the near future.

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