In the fifth inning of Tuesday’s 3-2 Cubs win, after Brewers starter Brandon Woodruff had hit Willson Contreras, Ryan Tepera threw this pitch behind Woodruff [VIDEO].
Both benches were warned after that.
Late Thursday, Major League Baseball Senior VP for On-Field Operations Michael Hill announced that Tepera had been given a three-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for this pitch.
Tepera has appealed the suspension so it’ll be held in abeyance until he, the MLB Players Association and MLB can have a hearing.
Frankly, three games for this seems a bit much, given the Brewers’ seeming headhunting of Willson Contreras. This suspension will likely be reduced to one or two games on appeal; in the meantime, Tepera remains on the Cubs’ active roster.
Cubs manager David Ross has also received a suspension and fine for this incident. Since managers can’t appeal suspensions, Ross will serve his during Friday’s game.