Puig, Garrett among 8 suspended for Reds-Pirates brawl
Major League Baseball issued suspensions Thursday for the brawl between the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates that occurred Tuesday night, according to a press release obtained by Mark Feinsand of MLB.com.
Pirates reliever Keone Kela was hit with a 10-game suspension, the longest of the eight bans, for intentionally throwing a pitch near Derek Dietrich's head and instigating the brawl.
Meanwhile, Pirates infielder Jose Osuna received a five-game ban, Kyle Crick got a three-game suspension, and manager Clint Hurdle will miss two contests.
Reds pitcher Amir Garrett received an eight-game suspension, which is the second longest, for sprinting toward the Pirates' dugout and taking a swing at a group of Pittsburgh players that included Trevor Williams.
Rounding out the suspended Reds players, Jared Hughes got a three-game ban and manager David Bell will miss six contests for returning to the field following an earlier ejection (his eighth of the season) and escalating the aggression.
Newly acquired Cleveland Indians outfielder Yasiel Puig was banned for three games. News of Puig's trade to Cleveland as part of a blockbuster involving Trevor Bauer had already begun being reported when the outfielder stormed the field and joined the fracas. Puig is appealing the suspension and will debut for his new team Thursday against the Houston Astros, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network.
Tuesday's brawl was the latest blowup in a heated rivalry this season and stems from an early April game during which Dietrich hit a mammoth home run into the Allegheny River off of Chris Archer. The Pirates starter threw behind the first baseman in Dietrich's subsequent at-bat.
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