PITTSBURGH — Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez and Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Travis Snider were ejected Sunday after a shouting match quickly escalated into a full-scale brawl.
Several punches were thrown and a couple of players were tossed to the ground once the benches and bullpens emptied.
The problems started when Gomez paused at the plate and flipped his bat after hitting a two-out drive in the third inning off Pirates starter Gerrit Cole. The ball hit the wall and Gomez sped into third base, making a head-first slide for a triple.
Gerrit, who was near third base backing up the play, stormed toward Gomez and they exchanged words.
Gomez took a couple steps toward Cole before players rushed the field from both dugouts. Milwaukee’s Martin Maldonado threw a punch that knocked off Snider’s hat.
Snider, who wasn’t in the game, and Gomez shoved each other, and the Brewers star fell to the ground. Pirates catcher Russell Martin had to be restrained by teammate Gaby Sanchez as he walked off the field.
Brewers bench coach Jerry Narron also was ejected.
Nova has partial tear
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — New York Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova has a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday.
Nova left Saturday night’s game against Tampa Bay in the fifth inning. An MRI exam after the game revealed the injury.
“It’s hard,” Nova said. “I really don’t know what to say. I’m sad right now.”
Nova will be further examined today in New York by Yankees team physician Dr. Chris Ahmad.
He had no discomfort in the elbow until his 82nd and final pitch Saturday when he felt a pop.
Dodgers’ Kershaw throws 50 pitches
LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw was back on the Dodger Stadium mound Sunday — in a simulated game that was the next step in his recovery from a strained muscle in his upper back.
“Everything felt good, so that’s a good step,” The two-time Cy Young Award winner said following a 30-minute workout that was preceded by a brief bullpen session.
“Hitters were kind of the next progression, so it was good to get some hitters in there and get some reactions. You get that little extra adrenaline with hitters in there.”
Kershaw, who is on the disabled list for the first time in his seven-year career, threw 50 pitches from the windup and stretch, and reported no discomfort after topping out at 90 mph.
- Mets manager
- Terry Collins
- says Sunday he is promoting setup man
- Kyle Farnsworth
- to the ninth-inning role in place of struggling right-hander
- Jose Valverde
- , who had given up four home runs in his last three outings entering Sunday.
- The Brewers put outfielder
- Logan Schafer
- on the 15-day disabled list and reinstated first baseman
- Lyle Overbay
- from the paternity list.