Major League Baseball suspended Cincinnati Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco three games on Wednesday for making contact with umpire Chad Fairchild during the top of the third inning of Monday night’s 11-5 loss against the San Diego Padres in Cincinnati. Mesoraco was also fined an undisclosed amount.
Mesoraco was arguing a pitch call by Fairchild when Padres batter Chase Headley was at the plate. Mesoraco stood up, removed his mask, argued and then was tossed from the game. He then poked at the umpire’s chest protector and bumped him before leaving the field.
Mesoraco says he will appeal making him eligible to play immediately. Mesoraco’s suspension will be held in abeyance until the appeals process is complete, according to MLB.
Mesoraco is batting .221 with five home runs and 14 RBI in his rookie season.