Pirates notebook: Snider, Martin suspensions upheld by MLB

Bob Cohn
| Friday, May 9, 2014, 5:27 p.m.

Russell Martin likened the appeal of his suspension to a cable TV series about lawyers.

“I don't know if you guys watch ‘Suits,' ” he said to reporters Friday. “I felt like I was in ‘Suits' there for a second. The lawyer for the other side was pretty good. She won her case.”

Meaning that Martin lost. Major League Baseball upheld his one-game suspension for participating in a brawl with the Milwaukee Brewers last month. Currently sidelined with a strained hamstring, Martin will serve his sentence after he comes off the 15-day disabled list.

MLB also upheld Travis Snider's two-game suspension. The Pirates outfielder sat out Friday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals and will miss Saturday's game.

Martin said he was suspended for coming into contact with an umpire, although he noted MLB ruled it was unintentional.

“I realize I moved the umpire a little bit,” he said. “They were in accordance with me that I made no motion toward the umpire. He didn't feel I needed to apologize to him. But MLB felt the need to suspend me one game just because of my actions.

“I'll be on the lookout. Next time there's an on-field incident, I'm gonna be on the lookout for any players that touch the umpires, and I'm gonna let ‘em know.”

Snider, who went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a walk as the Pirates' leadoff batter in Wednesday's win over San Francisco, said he accepts “full responsibility” for his actions. He said his appeal was based on “factual, physical actions that took place during the altercation. Not throwing any punches, and opportunities that I might have had, chances to go farther in a fighting sense, I didn't take those chances.”

“I don't sit here as a victim and cry and hope people feel sorry for me,” he said. “That wasn't the point of the appeal. My appeal was based on the other people that were involved and the punishment that was handed out to them for what actually took place.”

The two suspended Brewers players received stiffer penalties. Martin Maldonado was suspended five games and Carlos Gomez three games. Snider said he was reacting to being punched from behind by Maldonado.

The latest arrival

The Indianapolis shuttle arrived again when the Pirates recalled infielder Brent Morel from their Triple-A affiliate.

Morel replaced pitcher Phil Irwin, who came up Tuesday and was sent back to Indy on Thursday without pitching in a game.

Morel was hitting .215 with one home run and 11 RBIs with the Indians.

Morel pinch hit for starter Francisco Liriano in the fifth inning Friday and struck out.

A 2008 third-round draft pick selected by the Chicago White Sox out of Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, Morel hit .229 with 13 home runs, 54 RBIs and 12 steals in parts of four seasons from 2010-'13. Morel is a right-handed hitter. Snider is a lefty, and three righties are starting for the Cardinals in this series. Accordingly, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was asked if the club considered bringing up a left-handed hitter.

“We thought about it,” he said, adding that several factors go into such decisions.

Bob Cohn is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at bcohn@tribweb.com.

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