Following a drama-filled series against the Milwaukee Brewers, MLB announced the suspensions of Chicago Cubs’ coaches David Ross and Mike Borzello and relief pitcher Ryan Tepera. Per Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago, intent to throw at Brewers’ pitcher Brandon Woodruff earlier in the week was the reason for the suspension. Both Ross and Borzello received one-game suspensions while Ryan Tepera’s is a three-game ban.
As noted above, Tepera did not actually hit Woodruff and no ejections were handed down at the time of the incident, so this scenario seems a bit unusual. But given the two teams already clashed in a benches-clearing brawl during their first meeting in Chicago, MLB felt there was enough evidence of intent to give Tepera and the coaches the aforementioned suspensions of varying lengths.
Tensions flaring between the Cubs and Brewers is nothing new, even in the early stages of this season. Chicago catcher Willson Contreras often finds himself in the middle of the altercations because Brewers pitchers have already plunked him three times in 2021 alone.
Furthermore, David Ross’s suspension doesn’t have to do with anything he did specifically; the manager is automatically suspended for a game if the league rules the infraction in question as intent to throw at a hitter. He will serve his suspension on Friday against the Atlanta Braves.
Rogers also reports that Ryan Tepera is appealing his suspension, so he is still eligible to pitch this weekend until there is a hearing. My expectation is that he will not win that appeal and he will end up serving all three games.