San Francisco Giants reliever Hunter Strickland received a six-game suspension Tuesday and Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper was penalized four games for a benches-clearing brawl at AT&T Park a day earlier.
Major League Baseball said both players planned to appeal, so they were eligible to play in Tuesday night’s game between the clubs.
“You can’t really worry about what MLB is going to do because you don’t really know,” Harper said. “Whatever they say goes.”
Strickland hit Harper in the hip with a pitch in the eighth inning and the Washington slugger charged the mound, wildly firing his helmet before trading punches to the head with Strickland during the Nationals’ 3-0 win Monday at San Francisco.
MLB Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre’s explanation of the disciplinary decisions said Strickland intentionally hit “Harper with a pitch, inciting the bench-clearing incident and fighting” while Harper’s suspension came “for charging the mound, throwing his helmet and fighting.”
“I’m obviously not thrilled about it,” Strickland said. “It’s their call. We’ll go from there.”
Pedroia goes on DL
The Boston Red Sox placed second baseman Dustin Pedroia (sprained wrist) on the 10-day disabled list and activated third baseman Pablo Sandoval from the DL.
Pedroia sprained his left wrist when he tumbled over White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu in Chicago on Monday. He missed three games earlier this season after being spiked in the leg.
Sandoval was placed on the DL on April 25 with a sprained right knee and made seven rehab appearances at Triple-A Pawtucket.
Jeb Bush drops out
Jeb Bush has dropped out of the race for the Miami Marlins.
The ex-presidential candidate and former Florida governor is no longer interested in buying the Marlins and has ended his pursuit of the team, two people close to the negotiations said Tuesday.
One of the people said former New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter, who had been part of Bush’s group, is still exploring a bid with other investors.
Around the bases
Kenneth Pagan, a Blue Jays fan accused of throwing a beer can at Baltimore Orioles outfielder Hyun Soo Kim in last year’s wild-card game in Toronto, pleaded guilty to “mischief under $5,000,” and will be sentenced June 28. ... The Tampa Bay Rays recalled pitchers Hunter Wood and Chih-Wei Hu from the minor leagues, sent down reliever Jose De Leon and put outfielder Peter Bourjos (tennis elbow) on the 10-day DL. ... Philadelphia Phillies starter Vince Velasquez left in the second inning against Miami with a hip injury. ... Third baseman Jedd Gyorko was scratched from the St. Louis Cardinals lineup because his wife, Karley, was having a baby.