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Pirates notebook: MLB metes out suspensions

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 3:27 p.m.

Punishment for Sunday's brawl was handed out by Major League Baseball on Tuesday as four players involved were issued suspensions.

For the Pirates, Travis Snider was suspended for two games, and Russell Martin was given a one-game punishment. For the Brewers, Carlos Gomez, who began the events with a bat flip, was issued a three-game suspension, and Martin Maldonado, who punched Snider in the face, received five games. The players also were fined undisclosed amounts.

Martin said before Tuesday's game he planned to appeal the suspension and was in the Pirates' starting lineup. Snider also was in the Pirates' lineup against the Cincinnati Reds.

“I think the penalties need to fit the crime,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “(My opinion) is not going to do any good either way.”

All quiet on Wandy

Hurdle had no update on the status of left-handed pitcher Wandy Rodriguez, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday with right knee inflammation.

Hurdle declined to share MRI results or address how much time Rodriguez might miss. The Pirates have not named a replacement for Rodriguez's turn in the rotation Thursday. Stolmy Pimentel, Jeanmar Gomez, Jeff Locke and Brandon Cumpton figure to be among the candidates.

“The knee can be different. You can get your knee drained and never get it drained again. You can get your knee drained and get it drained again in two months,” Hurdle said. “It depends on the guy, it depends on what is involved. We'll just have to wait and see.”

Patience a virtue with Ike

Hurdle praised general manager Neal Huntington's patience and persistence in completing the Ike Davis deal. The Pirates initially were linked to having interest in Davis in December.

“One of the things Neal does very, very well is he hunts,” Hurdle said. “He hunts for a fair deal in his mind. Some other general managers don't see it as fair. He stays after it.

“In our industry a lot of times, in a lot of different ways, it takes courage to have patience. External noise, external opinions, external volume, everyone can do his job better than him. To stay on it, to get this deal done at this point, is really good for us.”

Walker elevated

Hurdle moved Neil Walker to No. 2 in the lineup Tuesday and indicated it could be more than a one-day trial. Walker hit second occasionally last season and posted a .350 on-base mark against right-handed pitching.

”One of the numbers I'm grabbing with Walker is batting average on balls in play. He's hitting the ball extremely well to be hitting .217 going into (Monday),” Hurdle said. “And the way (Russell) Martin lays it out for us every day and then to put him in front of (Andrew) McCutchen with all the activity, I think I'm asking for more physical challenges than (Martin) needs to have.”

Walker has six home runs this season, as many as the Kansas City Royals had going into Tuesday.

He said it

Hurdle on playing in New York: “Sometimes the grass is greener on the other side of the street because the water bill is extremely high.”

Travis Sawchik is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at or via Twitter @Sawchik_Trib.




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