Cubs’ Contreras fined, gets 2-game suspension
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 said Saturday.
Contreras has appealed the suspension, so he was in the lineup for Saturday’s second game of the three-game series.
Contreras and Lackey were ejected in the fifth inning a day earlier for arguing with home plate umpire Jordan Baker. Lackey thought Cardinals 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 St. Louis a 2-1 lead.
Lackey argued and was ejected. Contreras was ejected a short while later and threw down his mask in anger. It bounced and hit Baker’s leg.
Contreras, 25, apologized after the game, saying he had no intention of hitting Baker.
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