Contreras suspended for 2 games
Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras was suspended for two games and fined an undisclosed amount for what Major League Baseball called “inappropriate actions” during Chicago’s win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday. Cubs pitcher John
Lackey also was fined an undisclosed amount, MLB announced Saturday.
Contreras has appealed the suspension, so he was in the lineup Saturday.
Contreras and Lackey were ejected in the fifth inning a day earlier for arguing with home-plate umpire Jordan Baker. Lackey thought St. Louis pitcher Carlos Martinez struck out to end the inning, but the pitch was called a ball. Martinez then singled to drive in a run, giving the Cardinals a 2-1 lead.
Lackey argued and was ejected. Contreras was ejected a short while later and threw down his mask in anger. It hit Baker’s leg.
Contreras, 25, apologized after the game, saying he had no intention of hitting Baker.
Lackey, 38, wasn’t contrite after the game.
“It’s a pretty big spot right there,” he said. “It cost me a big-league win.”