Cincinnati Reds right fielder Nick Castellanos will have to serve his two-game suspension for igniting a benches-clearing brawl against the St. Louis Cardinals earlier this season. According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, Castellanos’ appeal of his suspension was denied.
The appeal on Cincinnati outfielder Nick Castellanos’ two-game suspension has been denied, sources tell @kileymcd and me. He’ll serve both games for what MLB called “his aggressive actions and for instigating a benches-clearing incident” vs St. Louis in the second game this year.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) April 19, 2021
Castellanos was hit by a pitch from Jake Woodford and later celebrated in his face when he came around to score on a wild pitch. His actions caused the benches to clear and he was tossed from the game.
A benches-clearing brawl broke out between the Reds and Cardinals— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 3, 2021
Nick Castellanos was ejected. pic.twitter.com/U2ieMeXSgr
The 29-year-old is off to a solid start in his second season with the Reds, slashing .295/.328/.623 with five home runs and 10 RBI on 18 hits in 15 games.
It’s likely that Castellanos will serve his suspension during Cincinnati’s next two games against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Reds are first in the NL Central with a 9-6 record.