Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 6/12/13
LOS ANGELES Major League Baseball held off issuing the expected fines and suspensions following Tuesday nights Dodgers-Arizona Diamondbacks melee, but its doubtful that any sort of discipline is going to quiet the bad feelings. And for at least one game, the brawl apparently is costing the Dodgers their rookie sensation, Yasiel Puig, who was scratched from the starting lineup Wednesday night. Puig was nicked on the nose by a fastball thrown by Arizona pitcher Ian Kennedy, but he was sidelined because of a strained right shoulder, perhaps the result of the fight that broke out in the seventh inning. Puig threw several punches before he was pulled away by teammates. Manager Don Mattingly said the right fielder was a little sore, although he said he was unsure what it was from. Puig took several swings in the batting cage before the game but left early and retreated to the clubhouse. Puig is hitting .471 in his first nine games, but he pulled up running to first base in the second inning Wednesday and then was hit by Kennedy, which began the sequence of events later in the game. The Dodgers were still upset that pitcher Zack Greinke was drilled by a pitch on his left shoulder, prolonging a beanball exchange that should have been over. Anything like that is going to leave a lot of (bad) taste in peoples mouths, Mattingly said. If you really want to get technical about it, in baseball terms it really shouldnt be over. But I dont want to come here and fight. I want to win a game today. Any discipline wont be assessed until Thursday, an MLB source said. Both the Dodgers and Diamondbacks have the day off, and the Dodgers open a two-game series in New York against the Yankees next Tuesday. If any players or coaches are suspended, they would appeal and meet with league officials in New York to present their cases. After Puig was hit, Greinke plunked Arizona catcher Miguel Montero in the back, and the Dodgers assumed that the payback ended things. But then Kennedy hit Greinke in the seventh, starting a brawl that lasted several minutes. Mattingly, asked if he considered the incident over, said, It should be over, but if you look at it, they hit our guy, we hit their guy. It should be over, (but then) they hit Zack. That means the Dodgers are owed one, which might not come until the two teams meet again in July in Arizona. Im not commenting on that, Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. Were going to prepare to win the game tonight. I know where you guys want to go with this, (but) were not going there. Mattingly said Greinke had to show the Diamondbacks that he was prepared to protect his teammates, and thats why he retaliated by hitting Montero. Honestly, if he doesnt do that, he loses a lot of respect in the clubhouse, Mattingly said. Youve got to protect your own guys.
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