MLB notes: Jonathan Sanchez suspended for plunking Allen Craig

Jonathan Sanchez of the Pirates reacts to being tossed from the game after hitting a batter in the...

Jonathan Sanchez of the Pirates reacts to being tossed from the game after hitting a batter in the first inning against the Cardinals in St. Louis on April 26, 2013. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images/AFP)

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How's this for rubbing salt into the wound.

After failing to record an out and getting ejected four batters into Friday’s start, Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander Jonathan Sanchez was suspended six games and fined an undisclosed amount Saturday for plunking St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig.

After giving up back-to-back home runs to Matt Carpenter and Carlos Beltran and a single to Matt Holliday, Sanchez hit Craig up high and was immediately thrown out of the game by home plate umpire Tim Timmons.

Timmons told Sanchez his intent “was obvious,” according to MLB.com

Sanchez will appeal the penalty.

So far this season, Sanchez has given up 16 earned runs in 11 1/3 innings and sports an 0-3 record with a 12.71 ERA.

ONE UP, ONE DOWN

The Los Angeles Dodgers have lost the services of their second baseman but could regain their starting shortstop in the near future.

Mark Ellis suffered a quad strain in Friday’s win against the Milwaukee Brewers as he tried to leg out an infield single, according to MLB.com

“He kind of seemed to be optimistic, but we’ll just have to see,” manager Don Mattingly said after the game. “Usually guys don't come out of the game like that and it not be something. I want to be optimistic, but usually you see a guy come out and kind of pull up like that, it’s usually something that’s not going to be a day or two.”

Meanwhile, Hanley Ramirez is on the verge of a comeback.

Ramirez, who tore a ligament in his right thumb during the World Baseball Classic, is targeting Tuesday for his return to action, according to ESPN.

Tuesday also happens to be Hanley Ramirez bobblehead day at Dodger Stadium.

SCARY MOMENT

Both starting pitchers in Friday night’s tilt between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies had experienced first-hand what was happening in front of them.

D-backs right-hander Brandon McCarthy (skull fracture) and Rockies righty Juan Nicasio (fractured C-1 vertebrae) have both suffered major head injuries after being struck by comebackers.

This time, they had to watch as a scary scene unfolded as Arizona shortstop Didi Gregorious was on the ground writhing in pain after taking a 93-mph fastball to the head from Nicasio.

Gregorious stayed down for several minutes as he was attended to by D-backs staff.

The rookie was originally listed as day-to-day with a right temple contusion but he could land on the disabled list if a CT scan shows he suffered a concussion, MLB.com reports.

At the very least, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said Grigorious underwent a written concussion test when he left the game and passed it “with flying colours.”

“That shows he has no neurological problems,” Gibson said.

BRIEFLY

The Pirates could be without second baseman Neil Walker for a while after suffering a deep cut to his right hand, according to MLB.com. Walker tried to break up a double play and had his hand stepped on by Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma. The injury required six stitches ... The New York Yankees placed catcher Francisco Cervelli on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right hand and also put pitcher Ivan Nova on the DL with a right triceps inflammation.


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