Source: Martin Maldonado suspended


Milwaukee Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado has been suspended five games by Major League Baseball for his role in Sunday's benches-clearing incident with the Pittsburgh Pirates, a source told ESPN's Buster Olney.

Maldonado also was fined $2,500, according to the source.

The scuffle began when Milwaukee's Carlos Gomez and Pittsburgh pitcher Gerrit Cole yelled at each other following the Brewers outfielder's triple in Sunday's game.

Cole, who was near third base backing up the play, stormed toward Gomez and they exchanged words.

The benches then emptied, and as the teams converged, Maldonado threw a punch that left a cut and bruises around the eye of Pirates outfielder Travis Snider.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.