ATLANTA — Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar was suspended two games Thursday for yelling an anti-gay slur at an Atlanta Braves pitcher.

The Blue Jays suspended Pillar without pay shortly after he apologized in a statement, saying he was “completely and utterly embarrassed” by the word he directed at Jason Motte.

Pillar was angry at Motte for allegedly quick-pitching him to get a strikeout that ended the seventh inning in Atlanta’s 8-4 victory Wednesday night.

Replays appeared to show Pillar using the slur as he shouted toward the mound. After what he described as a sleepless night, Pillar acknowledged his wrongdoing.

“I regret saying it,” Pillar said. “I’m going to use myself as an example of how there are words out there you can’t use. It’s not a word I use ever. … It’s something that just came out.”

BRAVES: First baseman Freddie Freeman suffered a fractured left wrist when he was hit by a pitch and is expected to miss about 10 weeks.

Freeman was hit by Aaron Loup of Toronto in the fifth inning of an 8-4 victory Wednesday night.

ORIOLES: Third baseman Manny Machado was out of the starting lineup for the game at Detroit.

The Orioles said Machado has a sore finger. He had played in all 38 games for Baltimore this season, hitting .224 with nine home runs.

TIGERS: Chris Ilitch was unanimously approved as the new controlling owner of the team.

The Tigers’ owner, Mike Ilitch, died in February at age 87.

MARLINS: Right-hander Tom Koehler’s demotion to the minors was voided, and he instead was placed on the 10-day disabled list with bursitis in his right shoulder.

Koehler was optioned Tuesday to Triple-A New Orleans after giving up eight runs in three innings in a loss to Houston. He won 30 games for Miami in 2014-16 but is 1-2 this year with an ERA of 7.04, highest among all NL starters.

 The two groups bidding to buy the team from Jeffrey Loria are relatively even in their offers, Commissioner Rob Manfred said.