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Report: Brewers catcher Maldonado suspended 5 games for punch

Martin Maldonado of the Milwaukee Brewers in the bullpen during a Spring Training game in 2011. By Jninja (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons
Martin Maldonado of the Milwaukee Brewers in the bullpen during a Spring Training game in 2011. By Jninja (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - ESPN says Milwaukee Brewers' catcher Martin Maldonado will be suspended for five games for throwing a punch that cut Pittsburgh's Travis Snider in the face last Sunday.  

Major League Baseball did not announce its discipline as of early Tuesday afternoon. ESPN cited a source as saying that Maldonado's punishment was complete -- and he'll be fined $2,500 in addition to his suspension.  

Unless he appeals, Maldonado would lose five games of salary but not necessarily five games of playing time -- since he's the backup catcher to Jonathan Lucroy.

There was no immediate word on a punishment for Carlos Gomez, the Brewer who was accused by Pirates' starter Garrit Cole of showing him up by celebrating a triple on Sunday.  

After the words, Gomez swung his helmet and ran toward Cole. Both benches emptied.  

The Maldonado punch left a cut and bruises around Snyder's eye due to the sunglasses he was wearing at the time.  

The Brewers will host San Diego tonight, after a 4-3 victory Monday evening.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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