08/05/2015 18:34 EDT | Updated 08/05/2016 01:12 EDT

Blue Jays reliever Aaron Sanchez drops appeal of three-game suspension

TORONTO — Blue Jays reliever Aaron Sanchez has dropped his appeal of a three-game suspension.

The right-hander was suspended and fined yesterday for his role in a bench-clearing altercation with the Kansas City Royals, but his appeal allowed him to pitch last night.

Sanchez was punished for intentionally throwing a pitch at Alcides Escobar with warnings in place during the top of the eighth inning of Toronto's 5-2 win Sunday.

Sanchez denied intentionally hitting Escobar, arguing his pitch just got away.

He will begin serving his suspension tonight against the Minnesota Twins and will be eligible to play on Saturday in the second of a three-game series in the Bronx against the New York Yankees.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was also suspended a game for his role in the incident.

He served his punishment last night, taking in Toronto's 3-1 win over the Minnesota Twins from a luxury suite.

John Chidley-Hill, The Canadian Press