Yorvit Torrealba banned in Venezuela

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Texas Rangers backup catcher Yorvit Torrealba has been suspended 66 games by the Venezuelan League for striking an umpire, league president Jose Grasso Vecchio announced Monday morning on Twitter.

Torrealba struck a home plate umpire after striking out in a game Friday. Shortly after Torrealba, who plays for Leones del Caracas, swung and missed at strike three, he got in the face of the umpire and eventually hit him in the face mask with an open hand.

The suspension covers the rest of this season and all of next season in the Venezuelan League. Penalties in winter ball do not carry over to Major League Baseball.

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