St. Louis Cardinal’s third baseman Nolan Arenado and pitcher Genesis Cabrera have each received suspensions from Major League Baseball for their roles in the bench-clearing match in their 10-5 victory Wednesday over the New York Mets at Busch Stadium.
Arenado received a two-game suspension for “contributing to the incentive for the incident,” the league announced Thursday, while Cabrera received a one-game suspension. Both were also fined an undisclosed amount.
Arenado is appealing his suspension and started Thursday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Cabrera is serving his suspension Thursday.
Cabrera hit Mets hitter JD Davis with a pitch at the top of the eighth inning, the leading 19th stroke of the pitch for the Mets this season. It happened a day after St. Louis beat three Mets batters with pitches Tuesday night.
New York seemed to retaliate a half-inning later against Arenado when Mets reliever Yoan Lopez flashed a 94 mph fastball near his head. Arenado started yelling at Lopez to “do it again.” The benches and bullpenes cleared and the teams pushed and pushed close to the home plate.
Arenado was thrown out to leave the mound, said crew chief Mark Wegner afterwards. Lopez remained in the game.
Lopez also received an unpublished fine for his role in the incident, while two other players – Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty and Mets pitcher Taijuan Walker – were fined for participating in the brawl while on the injury list.