Four players receive suspensions for roles in Pirates-Brewers Easter brawl
Four players have been suspended for their roles in a benches-clearing brawl during Sunday's game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers.
Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado was suspended five games and fined $2,500, according to tweets on Tuesday from ESPN's Buster Olney. MLB.com's Adam McCalvy filled in the rest of the suspensions: a three-game suspension for Milwaukee outfielder Carlos Gomez, two games for Pirates outfielder Travis Snider and one game for Pirates catcher Russell Martin.
The fight began after Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole exchanged heated words with Gomez at third base following Gomez's triple to deep center field in the top of the third inning. Cole had taken exception to Gomez appearing to flip his bat and jog slowly to first base, as if admiring a potential home run.
Amid the fracas, Maldonado landed a punch on Snider that left the outfielder with a black eye.
Per MLB rules, the Brewers cannot replace Maldonado on the roster during his five-game suspension, leaving the team to either go forward with Jonathan Lucroy behind home plate or mix up the roster to add some depth in Maldonado's absence.
[mlbvideo id="32232541" width="600" height="336" /]
The Brewers' Martin Maldonado has received a five-game suspension for his role in Sunday's MILW-PIT fight.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) April 22, 2014
According to Fox Sports' Jon Morosi, Gomez will appeal his suspension.
Carlos Gomez is appealing suspension. — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) April 22, 2014