Major League Baseball has suspended Cubs right-handed reliever Ryan Tepera three games for intentionally throwing at Brewers righty Brandon Woodruff during Tuesday’s game. Tepera, who also received an undisclosed fine, is appealing his punishment. Additionally, Cubs manager David Ross has been suspended for Friday’s game against the Braves.
Woodruff exchanged words with Tepera and Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo after Tepera threw behind him (video here via MLB.com). The incident occurred shortly after Woodruff hit Cubs catcher Willson Contreras in the hand with a pitch. It was the seventh HBP that Contreras has absorbed against the Brewers over the past two seasons. When Brewers righty Brad Boxberger struck Contreras with a pitch on April 6, the two teams’ benches cleared.
In Tuesday’s game, Contreras got revenge by smacking a two-run homer in the eighth inning to put the Cubs ahead. The 438-foot shot propelled the Cubs to a 3-2 victory over their division rivals.