Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee and Padres pitcher Chris Young were suspended five games each and fined undisclosed amounts on Monday for their Saturday fight which set off a a benches-clearing skirmish between
the teams at Wrigley Field.
Also Monday, Philadelphia third-base coach Steve Smith was suspended for
three games and catcher Carlos Ruiz for one following an argument
in Sunday's game against Detroit. The players' union appealed
Ruiz's suspension, meaning it can't start until after the case is
heard and decided.
Chicago and San Diego were off Monday, giving Lee time to decide
whether to contest the discipline.
Young hit Lee in the back of the upper left arm with the pitch,
knocking him to the ground. Lee got up, walked by Young on the way
to first, then said something to the 6-foot-10, 260-pound
After the pitcher apparently responded, Lee threw a punch that
didn't land. Young tried to throw a punch back that missed. Then he
and Lee tried to connect at the same time.
By that time both benches had emptied, resulting in pushing,
shoving and holding in a scrum as several players fell to the
ground before order was restored.
During Sunday's game in Philadelphia, Smith, Ruiz and Phillies
manager Charlie Manuel were ejected by plate umpire Bill Welke.
Manuel got angry Welke didn't consult with first-base ump Laz Diaz
on a check swing call.
Smith sprinted out of the dugout and had to be restrained by
Ruiz was in the starting lineup and batting ninth as the
Phillies opened a three-game series in Cleveland. Bench coach Jimy
Williams, who last managed with Houston in 2003, is expected to
replace Smith at third for the entire series.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.