Tuesday the MLB announced that 4 players – 2 Brewers and 2 Pirates – will receive suspensions for their involvement in the benches clearing brawl at PNC Park on Easter Sunday.
Martin Maldonado, the Brewers backup catcher, will be forced to sit out 5 games after he punched Pirates outfielder Travis Snider in the face. Snider will serve a 2 game suspension for his involvement in the scrum which began between Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomes and Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole in the top of the 3rd inning. Gomes received a 3 game suspension.
Pirates catcher, Russell Martin, will be required to sit out 1 game for helping Snider tackle Gomez to the ground.
In addition, all 4 players must pay a fine but the amounts have not been released. The suspensions are in effect starting Tuesday night unless the players decide to appeal.
The Pirates and Brewers meet again on May 13 for a three-game series in Milwaukee.