Marshall fined, not suspended
JUN 21, 2014 11:35p ET
PHOENIX -- Manager Kirk Gibson's fist bump was about the hardest hit D-backs reliever Evan Marshall took after plunking Ryan Braun, as it turned out.
Marshall on Saturday was fined an undisclosed amount but not suspended for hitting the Milwaukee right fielder in the hip with a pitch in Tuesday's 7-5 loss at Chase Field, a punishment that seemed to fit the crime.
"We've been on the other end of fines and suspensions," Gibson said. "I'm not going to complain about it. We didn't want to lose him, for sure."
The rookie Marshall hit Braun with runners on first and second and one out in the seventh inning, a half-inning after Milwaukee right-hander Kyle Lohse hit D-backs shortstop Chris Owings in the upper back. Owings was the second batter hit by Lohse and the third hit by a Brewers' pitcher in the first two games of the series. No warnings were issued.
Marshall threw his first pitch behind Braun before hitting him with the second, earning an immediate ejection. Marshall said he was trying to pitch Braun low and inside and the ball got away from him.
Led by Gibson, the D-backs' reacted with fist pumps and high fives when Marshall reached the dugout. Gibson said he was not fined for the incident.
Marshall, who has developed into the D-backs' principal seventh inning setup man since being promoted May 6, is 2-2 with a 3.26 ERA in 19 appearances this season.
Colorado reliever Nick Masset was suspended for three games for throwing at Atlanta's Evan Gattis last week, but that came after a warning was issued. Atlanta's David Carpenter and Oakland's Fernando Abad also were fined but not suspended for intentionally throwing at batters in the last two weeks.
The D-backs lost right-hander Ian Kennedy for 10 games and third baseman Eric Hinske for five games last season after their bench-clearing brawl with the Dodgers on June 11. Kennedy hit the Dodgers' Yasiel Puig and Zack Greinke, and was ejected after hitting Greinke in the left shoulder in the seventh inning.