Major League Baseball came down hard on the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday, handing out eight suspensions and a dozen fines as punishment for a bench-clearing brawl.
Yet even with Arizona pitcher Ian Kennedy getting 10 games and infielder Eric Hinske five for their roles in Tuesday’s fight, it might not be enough to quell the lingering hostility between the NL West rivals.
“No, it’s not over yet, not at all,” Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario said. “I don’t think anybody thinks it’s over.”
Kennedy’s suspension is the longest handled out by the league for on-field conduct since Chicago Cubs catcher Michael Barrett was handed a 10-game suspension for an incident with White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski on May 20, 2006.
Kennedy is appealing the decision, pointing to his track record as proof he’s not a troublemaker.
“Ten games, I think they’re trying to set an example,” he said before Arizona’s game in San Diego on Friday night.
Hinske is also appealing and put most of the blame on Dodger rookie Yaisel Puig, who was right in the middle of things but received only a fine.
“I’ve been a model citizen in this league for 12 years,” Hinske said. “And then there’s Puig, who’s been in the league for 12 days and he gets no games. So you tell me what’s right.”
Belisario served a one-game suspension on Friday night for “aggressive actions” while Dodgers reliever J.P. Howell and infielder Skip Schumaker appealed the two-game suspensions they received from MLB senior vice president Joe Garagiola Jr.
Managers Don Mattingly of Los Angeles and Kirk Gibson of Arizona were given one-game bans, while Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire must sit two games. Bench coach Trey Hillman filled in for Mattingly on Friday night, when Los Angeles played at Pittsburgh.
RANGERS’ BAKER INJURED DURING HIGH-FIVE
Texas Rangers infielder Jeff Baker sprained his right thumb Thursday receiving a high-five from a teammate and was not in the lineup against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night.
Baker said the bizarre injury occurred before Thursday night’s game against Toronto. The right-handed hitter said the thumb is still swollen and he can’t hold a bat.
The Rockies placed Troy Tulowitzki on the disabled list, and the star shortstop could miss up to six weeks because of a broken rib. … The Yankees placed third baseman Kevin Youkilis on the 15-day disabled list because of a back injury and optioned right-hander Adam Warren to their Triple-A club. … Reds reliever Jonathan Broxton has swelling in his right elbow, leaving his status uncertain for this weekend. … The Athletics purchased pitcher Dan Otero’s contract from Triple-A Sacramento and optioned left-hander Hideki Okajima to the minors. Oakland also agreed to terms with its first-round pick Billy McKinney. … The Tigers activated center fielder Austin Jackson from the disabled list and optioned outfielder Avisail Garcia to Triple-A Toledo. Detroit also agreed to terms with its first-round draft pick, pitcher Jonathan Crawford, for more than $2 million. … The Cubs added reliever Henry Rodriguez to their 25-man roster Friday and optioned left-hander Brooks Raley to Triple-A Iowa.