MLB notes: Twelve punished after Dodgers-Diamondbacks brawl

Manager Don Mattingly (R) of the Los Angeles Dodgers pushes down coach Alan Trammell #3 of the...

Manager Don Mattingly (R) of the Los Angeles Dodgers pushes down coach Alan Trammell #3 of the Arizona Diamondbacks during a bench-clearing brawl in the seventh inning at Dodger Stadium on June 11, 2013 in Los Angeles. (AFP)

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The gavel dropped on the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks Friday as 12 coaches and players were disciplined following a bench-clearing brawl between the NL West rivals earlier this week.

Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy was issued the worst of the league’s wrath, receiving a 10-game suspension for throwing at Dodgers pitcher Zach Greinke’s head after both clubs had been warned.

Arizona infielder Eric Hinske received a five-game ban for his aggressive actions during the prolonged dust-up.

Dodgers pitcher J.P. Howell, utility man Skip Schumaker and hitting coach Mark McGwire received two-game suspensions while pitcher Ronald Belisario and manager Don Mattingly received one game each.

Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson was given a one-game ban for Kennedy’s actions.

While they avoided suspension, Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig and Greinke both received undisclosed fines. D-backs catcher Miguel Montero and outfielder Gerardo Parra also received fines.

The league also fined the Dodgers for allowing players on the disabled list to leave the dugout when benches cleared.

Tuesday's incident started after both teams received warnings for hitting batters. When Kennedy threw a high hard one that plunked Greinke, bad blood boiled over and a five-minute melee ensued.

PRICE CLOSE TO RETURN

After impressing in a simulated game Thursday night, Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price is expected to make a minor-league start next week before potentially returning to the Rays in July.

His first action since being sidelined in mid-May with a strained left triceps muscle, Price threw 54 pitches over three innings, exceeding expectations, according to Rays manager Joe Maddon.

Before going on the disabled list, Price, 27, limped to a 1-4 start over nine games this season, accumulating a 5.24 ERA along the way.

In terms of his recovery, though, last year’s AL Cy Young Award winner said he’s relieved to finally return to the mound.

"I felt great," Price told the Associated Press. "I'm kind of getting the results that I'm expecting out there right now. It's definitely good to go out there and feel as good as I am right now.”

It’s not yet known where Price will pitch next week, but the club’s single-A affiliate in Charlotte plays in Port St. Lucie, Fla. next week. With the Rays’ double-A affiliate in Montgomery off, triple-A Durham is the other option.

JETER RESUMES ACTIVITIES

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter put in a full day’s work Friday for the first time since spring training.

Jeter took swings off a tee, fielded grounders and played catch at the team’s minor-league complex in Tampa after he was cleared to resume baseball activities the day before.

"They gave me the green light, so that's good," Jeter told MLB.com. "I'm looking forward to it."

The Yanks captain is recovering from a fractured left ankle suffered in spring training. He also fractured the same ankle in Game 1 of the American League Championship series against the Detroit Tigers last fall.

Jeter refused to set a time table for his return, but the Yankees expect him to come back some time after the all-star break.

"Everything's a progression," Jeter said. "As soon as I can do it, I'll do it. As soon as I can come back, I'll come back. In terms of everyday schedule, I don't know what that is. It's more, take it one day at a time."


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