By: Paul DiSclafani
Major League Baseball suspended Mets reliever Hansel Robles for three games (along with an unspecified fine) for “throwing in the direction” of the head of Cameron Rupp, the Phillies catcher, during Wednesday’s 7-5 Phillies win. Four players were hit with pitches and there were seven wild pitches and a passed ball in the sloppy, messy game. The teams combined to use 15 pitchers and played for almost four hours.
Philadelphia pitcher Justin De Fratus started things off when he hit Yoenis Cespedes in the third inning (he had to leave the game with contusions of his fingers on his left hand) and then Adam Loewen hit Kirk Nieuwenhuis two innings later in the fifth. When Mets starter Logan Verrett hit Odubel Herrera in the bottom of the fifth, both benches were warned.
Robles came on in relief of Verrett in the sixth and after getting the first out, nearly decapitated Rupp on a 2-2 pitch, causing both benches to emerge from the dugouts, but no punches were thrown. Robles and manager Terry Collins were immediately ejected by umpire Bruce Davidson. Robles said “It was a fastball that just got away”.
Later in that same inning, Mets reliever Dario Alvarez bounced a sinker in the dirt that hit Aaron Altherr in the foot, but wasn’t ejected.
Robles suspension applies only to the regular season. If Robles chooses to appeal the suspension (and loses), it would carry over to the 2016 regular season since the Mets only have three regular season games left in 2015.