Nolan Arenado suspended 2 games for role in Mets scrimmage

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St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado was suspended two games and pitcher Genesis Cabrera one game for their roles in Wednesday’s bench punt scrimmage against the New York Mets.

The suspensions were scheduled to begin Thursday night for the Cardinals’ home game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, but Arenado opted to appeal and was in the starting lineup.

Cabrera chose not to appeal, according to Bally Sports West.

Additionally, Mets pitcher Yoan López was fined for helping to incite the incident, while two players – Jack Flaherty of the Cardinals and Taijuan Walker of the Mets – were fined for participated in the incident while on the injured list.

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Arenado and Cabrera were also fined an undisclosed amount.

The incident happened late in the 8th inning with St. Louis leading the Mets 10-5.

The benches and bullpen emptied after Arenado became enraged by Lopez’s up-and-down pitch. Things escalated after Arenado shoved Mets wide receiver Tomas Nido for an ejection.

Amid all the ensuing shoving, Cardinals coach Stubby Clapp and Cabrera teamed up with Mets slugger Pete Alonso on the ground. Clapp was also ejected, but not Cabrera.

Alonso was hit in the helmet with a throw in Tuesday’s game.

Cabrera kicked New York third baseman JD Davis to the foot in the top of the eighth inning of Wednesday’s game, further stoking tensions. Cardinals pitchers hit five Mets during the series.

Mets hitters lead the HBP major leagues with 19.

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