MLB suspends, fines Cubs’ Ryan Tepera for intentionally throwing at Brewers’ Brandon Woodruff
Big league Baseball revealed Thursday it was suspending Chicago Cubs reducer Ryan Tepera for 3 video games, plus imposing a concealed fine for purposefully tossing a pitch at Milwaukee Makers pitcher Brandon Woodruff on Tuesday night at American Household Field.
Tepera’s suspension was set up to start Friday when the Cubs play the Atlanta Braves at Wrigley Field, however he chose to appeal the choice and it will be kept in abeyance up until a hearing.
Chicago supervisor David Ross got a one-game suspension and concealed fine for Tepera’s action and will serve it Friday. Supervisors are not enabled to appeal suspensions.
Tepera’s pitch in the bottom of the 5th inning — a 95 miles per hour sinker that went behind Woodruff’s legs and to the backstop — remained in obvious retaliation for Woodruff tossing a pitch that glanced off the left hand of Chicago catcher Willson Contreras in the 4th inning. It was the 3rd time Contreras was struck by a pitch from the Makers in 5 video games this season, consisting of a fastball off the helmet from reducer Devin Williams in Chicago the previous week.
Woodruff got out of the batter’s box and took a couple of actions towards Tepera to let him understand what he considered it prior to being cooled down by home base umpire Mike Estabrook. Nobody was tossed from the video game however both benches were cautioned by Estabrook that even more retaliation would result in ejections.
Later, Woodruff and Makers supervisor Craig Counsell made it clear they believed Tepera’s pitch was intentional.
“You know, I think, obviously, you kind of saw what happened,” Woodruff informed press reporters. “There’s not much to say on the situation. I guess I understand. Our pitching staff has hit him a couple of times. I’m just trying to do my job as a pitcher and I feel like I had to pitch inside. There was no intent. No purpose. It is what it is. Just part of it.
“I indicate I believe everyone can type of check out the scenario of the video game. And I think, you understand, type of type your own viewpoint. However it’s over and done with. We have actually got a long season. We have actually got to play these men a lot more times.
“I’ve never been thrown at before. So, crazy. That’s just part of the rivalry. I get it. Tensions get a little hot but it is what it is.”
The next day, Counsell stated, “We’re not going to take the hit-by-pitch out of the game. That’s the tricky part of this, but what we’re trying to do is take the intentionally throwing at hitters out of the game. I think that’s what we should be taking out of the game.”
The Makers and Cubs play each other once again in a three-game series at the end of next week at Wrigley Field.
This post initially appeared on Milwaukee Journal Guard: Cubs’ Ryan Tepera suspended for tossing at Makers’ Brandon Woodruff
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.