Punishments from Dodgers-Diamondbacks brawl to be given out Friday
Despite expectations of fines and suspensions on Thursday in the wake of Tuesday’s brawl between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks, Major League Baseball has decided to wait till Friday.
According to the LA Times, if multiple players from one of the teams is going to be suspended, the league often will stagger the suspensions so that no team has to play without two or three players. Dodgers Cuban defector, phenom Yasiel Puig, is one of several players who could be suspended.
Puig, reliever Ronald Belisario and hitting coach Mark McGwire were all ejected from the game. However, other players that were not ejected but were involved in incidents could end up with some punishment.
During the game, Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy hit Puig with a pitch and later Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke hit Arizona’s Miguel Montero. The league will investigate to decide if pitches were thrown at batters intentionally and what, if any, discipline should be given out.
The brawl itself will definitely lead to repercussions but the teams will have to wait to find out how it will affect their lineups and pitching rotations going forward.
“Yesterday, we showed that you can’t mess with us,” Belisario told the LA Times on Wednesday.
The Dodgers and Diamondbacks have a history of incidents, and the league may dish out heavier consequences in the hopes of stopping further action.