Yomiuri Giants GM Hidetoshi Kiyotake informed the media today at Nagoya Dome that the team handed Rusty Ryal a fine for leaving the dugout and retiring to the locker room, without permission, toward end of a game against the Yakult Swallows on Saturday (9/3).
Said Kiyotake, "The fact is, he left the dugout for the locker rooms partway through the 9th inning. It's a disgrace for a competitive professional athlete to do such a thing and we imposed a fine on the same day. ... That we issued a fine means that we still want to give him a chance, if he's willing to [accept and understand why]."
While an amount was not disclosed, it is though to be fairly significant, easily north of 100,000 yen. The Giants' international affairs department also filed a protest with Ryal's agent.