Major League Baseball came down hard on the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday, handing out eight suspensions and a dozen fines as punishment for a bench-clearing brawl.
Yet even with Arizona pitcher Ian Kennedy getting 10 games and infielder Eric Hinske five for their roles in Tuesday’s fight in Los Angeles, it might not be enough to quell the lingering hostility between the NL West rivals.
‘‘No, it’s not over yet, not at all,’’ said Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario, who was given a one-game ban. ‘‘I don’t think anybody thinks it’s over.’’
Kennedy is appealing the decision, pointing to his track record as proof he’s not a troublemaker.
‘‘Ten games, I think they’re trying to set an example,’’ he said before Arizona’s game in San Diego on Friday night.
Hinske is also appealing and put most of the blame on Dodger rookie Yaisel Puig, who was right in the middle of things but received only a fine.
‘‘I've been a model citizen in this league for 12 years,’’ Hinske said. ‘‘And then there’s Puig, who’s been in the league for 12 days and he gets no games. So you tell me what’s right.’’
Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly and Arizona skipper Kirk Gibson were given one-game bans, while Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire must sit two games.
MLB senior vice president Joe Garagiola Jr. cited Kennedy for intentionally throwing a pitch at the head of Zack Greinke after a warning had been issued and Hinske for leaving the dugout and his ‘‘aggressive actions.’’
‘‘To me [Kennedy] seemed like he was kind of the instigator and started it and piled on and he got the most,’’ Mattingly said. ‘‘It just seems fair.’’
All eight handed suspensions were also fined, as were Puig, Greinke, and Arizona’s Miguel Montero and Gerardo Parra.
Montero joked that he kept getting hit at the bottom of the pile but ‘‘obviously they are probably my teammates that were punching me because we’re the only ones who got suspended’’ but isn’t sure why Greinke was spared a suspension.
‘‘Ian got 10 days and Zack got zero days when he admitted that he hit me on purpose, seriously?’’ Montero said.
Tulowitzki breaks rib
The Colorado Rockies placed Troy Tulowitzki on the disabled list, and the star shortstop could miss up to six weeks because of a broken rib.
Team spokesman Nick Piburn said an MRI taken Thursday night revealed a right rib fracture. Tulowitzki was injured while diving for a ball in the eighth inning of a 5-4 loss to the Nationals.
Tulowitzki told the Denver Post in a text that he was in a lot of pain and was upset after working so hard to come back from an injury-plagued 2012 season.
He underwent season-ending groin surgery last June, and the Rockies stumbled through a franchise-worst 98-loss campaign. Tulowitzki ranks second in the NL with a .347 batting average, third in homers (16), and fourth in RBIs (51).
Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter resumed hitting and fielding drills for the first time since mid-April, a day after receiving medical clearance to increase his rehabilitation program for a broken left ankle. New York expects Jeter to return sometime after the All-Star break in mid-July. Not all the news was good for the Yankees as they placed third baseman Kevin Youkilis on the 15-day disabled list because of a back injury . . . Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes played in a simulated game and may start a rehab assignment next week . . . The Athletics optioned former Red Sox left-hander Hideki Okajima to the minors.
Braun lands on DL
The Brewers put Ryan Braun on the 15-day DL after their loss to the Reds with a sore right thumb. Milwaukee was without Braun for a fourth straight game. He tried to take batting practice before the game but it bothered him too much . . . A.J. Burnett is wearing a walking boot over his torn right calf and isn’t sure when he'll be ready to return. The Pirates righthander was injured while working out Wednesday and was placed on the 15-day DL a day later. Burnett called it a ‘‘freak’’ accident, saying he was finishing up a series of sprints when something went wrong . . . Reds reliever Jonathan Broxton has swelling in his right elbow, leaving his status uncertain for a weekend series against the Brewers . . . The Padres reinstated closer Huston Street from the 15-day DL.