NEW YORK — Cincinnati Reds outfielder Nick Castellanos was suspended for 2 video games and fined Monday for his position in an on-field brawl throughout the season’s opening weekend, the primary self-discipline given by Michael Hill in his new position as Main League Baseball’s senior vice chairman for on-field operations.
Castellanos appealed the penalty to particular assistant John McHale Jr. and won’t serve the suspension whereas the attraction is pending.
Castellanos was disciplined for his actions in Saturday’s recreation in opposition to St. Louis and was cited for “his aggressive actions and for instigating a benches-clearing incident.”
Castellanos, who homered on Opening Day and hopped out of the field earlier than tossing his bat, was hit by a pitch from Cardinals pitcher Jake Woodford within the fourth inning Saturday. Castellanos retrieved the ball and provided to toss it again to Woodford earlier than flipping it out of play.
A wild pitch despatched Castellanos scampering house from third and he scored with a headfirst slide for a 7-2 lead, bumping into Woodford, who took the throw from catcher Yadier Molina on the plate.
As Castellanos started strolling away, Molina rushed up and tapped him from behind, and the benches and bullpens emptied in a wild scene. Castellanos was ejected.
Molina was fined Monday together with St. Louis third baseman Nolan Arenado and pitcher Jordan Hicks, and Cincinnati infielder Eugenio Suárez and outfielder Jesse Winker.
Hill, the previous Miami Marlins president of baseball operations, took over from Chris Younger, who stayed only one season within the position of Joe Torre’s substitute as MLB’s disciplinarian. Younger left to turn out to be common supervisor of the Texas Rangers.