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Cubs' Contreras suspended 2 games, appeals; Lackey fined

Cubs' Contreras suspended 2 games, appeals; Lackey fined

Willson Contreras has been handed a two-game suspension for his actions during Friday's game against the Cardinals.

The discipline is the result of Friday's episode in which Contreras and Lackey argued with umpire Jordan Baker about the strike zone. The two-game suspension was set to start this afternoon but Contreras has chose to appeal MLB's decision.

Lackey and Contreras were thrown out with Chicago trailing 2-1 in the fifth.

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The hope on appeal is that Torre takes into consideration that Contreras was the third party in this disagreement between Baker and Lackey. The mask bounced up and grazed Baker's leg, and Major League Baseball decided the actions warranted a suspension. "He is emotional. We are all working on having him curb that a bit".

Lackey, 38, wasn't contrite after the game.

Maddon was asked if he would speak to Lackey about controlling his emotions - especially considering it caused the Cubs to go to the bullpen in the fifth inning in a game against a team chasing them in the NL Central race. "I mean, honestly. Willson's in his early 20s, Johnny's nearly 40". Russell had been sidelined since early August with a strained right foot. The Indians' Jason Kipnis got medical clearance to be activated and will play in center field.


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