Tigers suspend Saupold for bar fight

Tony Paul
The Detroit News

Detroit — The Tigers have suspended minor-league relief pitcher Warwick Saupold for five games following an investigation into a bar fight he was involved in at a Toledo pub over the weekend.

Saupold, 26, a right-hander from Perth, Australia, had two stints with the Tigers this season, going 1-1 with a 7.45 ERA in six relief appearances, mostly in May.

He’s spent most of the season at Triple-A Toledo, where he’s gone 7-2 with a 2.30 ERA in 18 games, 11 starts.

“Upon reviewing the details and accounts of an incident involving Warwick Saupold that took place last weekend in Toledo, the ballclub has issued Saupold a five-game suspension,” the Tigers said in a statement. “The Detroit Tigers organization does not condone his actions and hold all personnel to a higher standard.

“Moving forward, the Tigers will have no further comment on this matter.”

The suspension, announced Thursday night, should take Saupold through the end of Toledo’s season, which concludes Monday.

According to multiple reports, Saupold and two Pittsburgh Pirates minor-leaguers were arrested early on Aug. 28 after a night out at The Bronze Bar, which is across the street from Fifth Third Field in Toledo.

According to reports, including one on MILB.com, Saupold was charged with assault after getting into a physical altercation with a patron after bartenders had informed the players it was closing time.

Saupold was released on $100 bond and started the next day, allowing one runs on six hits over five innings in a victory over Indianapolis.

He hasn’t pitched since.

Saupold was signed by the Tigers in 2012.


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