Cardinals’ Nolan Arenado, Genesis Cabrera suspended for fights with Mets

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Cardinals star Nolan Arenado and pitcher Génesis Cabrera have been suspended for their actions during a bench clearing Wednesday against the New York Mets.

Arenado has been banned two matches and Cabrera one match, and both have been fined for not disclosing. Their penalties were announced Thursday by Michael Hill, Major League Baseball’s senior vice president of field operations.

Arenado is appealing his decision and should play third base and beat fourth for St. Louis vs. Arizona Thursday night. Cabrera is serving his quarantine Thursday after hitting two innings during the 10-5 victory over the Mets on Wednesday.

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St.  Louis Cardinals' Nolan Arenado, left, quarrels with referee crew chief Mark Wegner after being ousted during the eighth round of a baseball game against the New York Mets on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 in St. Louis.  Louis.

St. Louis Cardinals’ Nolan Arenado, left, quarrels with referee crew chief Mark Wegner after being ousted during the eighth round of a baseball game against the New York Mets on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 in St. Louis. Louis.
(AP Photo / Jeff Roberson)

Arenado popped his head out of the way for a high fastball from Mets reliever Yoan López in the eighth inning on Wednesday, shouting at the mound. Arenado threw catcher Tomás Nido aside as players from both dugouts rushed onto the pitch.

Cabrera caught the Mets’ slugger Pete Alonso in the collar during the melee, which contributed to a fall that initially appeared to be a tackle by Cardinal’s first base coach Stubby Clapp. Clapp was ousted by referees but was not penalized by MLB.

Arenado is on his way to one of the best starts of his career. He leads the NL in slugging percentage at .703. He is number two in beating with an average of .375 and tops the Cardinals in all three Triple Crown categories.

Cabrera is 1-0 with an ERA of 2.06 in seven appearances.

No blows were thrown in the scrum.

López was fined an unknown amount by MLB for the pitch, which came an inning after Mets hitter JD Davis was stabbed in the foot – New York’s MLB-leading 19th batter battle this season and the fourth in two games against St. Louis. Louis. López was high-five by teammates when he returned to the dugout.

Pitcher Jack Flaherty of the Cardinals and Taijuan Walker of the Mets were also fined for undisclosed sums for participating in the fight while on the injured list.

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