After saying they would announce the suspensions from the brawl on Tuesday night with the Dodgers and Diamondbacks this afternoon, major league baseball won’t do so until tomorrow.
The commissioners office has had days to review the tape as there are several players and coaches that could face lengthy suspensions. Bill Shaikin of the LA Times reported that major league baseball was taking the extra day to determine the punishments:
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) June 13, 2013
Under review for suspension are Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy, manager Kirk Gibson, catcher Miguel Montero and hitting instructor Turner Ward.
For the Dodgers, pitcher Zack Greinke, outfielder Yasiel Puig, pitcher Ronald Belisario, hitting coach Mark McGwire and manager Don Mattingly could all spend time on the bench.
However, the question remains: What are they waiting for? The video is all there for them to review, so it sounds like they might be coming down even harder on the players.
The Diamondbacks and Dodgers have a history of bad blood that started with Diamondbacks outfielder Gerardo Parra and Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw.
While the incident occurred in 2011, there isn’t any love lost between the two players and with the Dodgers struggles, their frustration boiled over.
As we know, this isn’t the first brawl they’ve had with Greinke on the mound as the first brawl saw him spend multiple weeks on the disabled list with a broken collarbone.
With the incredible amount of injuries the Dodgers have endured throughout the season, lengthy suspensions for Greinke and Puig would be a huge hit to the team. The series with the Diamondbacks was beyond frustrating as the Dodgers begin an nine-game road trip starting tomorrow afternoon in Pittsburgh.