Major League Baseball on Wednesday suspended San Francisco Giants pitcher George Kontos three games for intentionally throwing at Pittsburgh Pirates centre fielder Andrew McCutchen.
The league also suspended Giants manager Bruce Bochy for one game -- which was served Wednesday night -- for his pitcher's actions.
Prior to Tuesday night's incident, three batters had already been hit -- Pittsburgh's Pedro Alvarez, along with the Giants' Gregor Blanco and Marco Scutaro -- and a warning was issued to each bench.
Because the Giants optioned Kontos to their triple-A affiliate in Fresno Wednesday, the 28-year-old righty won't serve his suspension until he's recalled to the majors.
The decision to suspend both Kontos and Bochy would seem a warmup for more suspensions to come after the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks emptied their benches twice late Tuesday night.
It doesn't sound good for San Francisco Giants infielder Marco Scutaro, who on Tuesday night said his finger "looked like a snake" after taking a pitch off the pinkie in an eventual 8-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
While the Giants are holding out hope last year's NLCS MVP can play through the injury, CSN Bay Area reported Wednesday that Scutaro is suffering from mallet finger, an injury involving ruptured or stretched finger tendons.
"It was all bent," Scutaro said. "It was like a snake. It looked pretty bad."
Scutaro could miss two months, but the Giants have yet to put their 37-year-old second baseman on the DL, even though he missed Wednesday night's game.
The Giants are already without third baseman Pablo Sandoval and outfielder Angel Pagan, both of whom are currently on the 15-day DL.
Philadelphia Phillies catcher Erik Kratz underwent surgery Wednesday to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee, according to the Philly Inquirer. He's expected to miss 6-8 weeks "¶ Former Phillies centre fielder Lenny Dykstra could be released from a California prison as early as Sunday, less than halfway through a three-year sentence stemming from a no-contest plea to grand theft auto charges, a source told the Inquirer "¶ The San Diego Padres placed outfielder Cameron Maybin on the 15-day DL (retroactive to June 10) with a left knee sprain that could see him miss more than two months. The Padres have called up Jaff Decker from triple-A Tucson in his place "¶ The St. Louis Post Dispatch reported that righty Jake Westbrook will come off the DL and start Friday against the Miami Marlins. Westbrook has missed close to a month with elbow inflammation.