Brewers' Gomez drops appeal of suspension from Pirates brawl
MAY 14, 2014 6:57p ET
Gomez began serving his suspension Wednesday night against the Pirates and will be eligible to return Saturday when the Brewers face the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.
The timing of the decision is ideal for Gomez, as he left Tuesday night's game with lower back tightness and was not in the lineup Wednesday.
"I'm fine," Gomez said Wednesday before it was announced his appeal had been dropped. "It may take me a couple of hours, one game or two days. I feel better than I did yesterday.
"The good thing is that it is not an injury, just muscle tightness."
Gomez had his appeal hearing via video conference Friday and was waiting to hear back from Major League Baseball. The Brewers were hopeful Gomez presented his case well enough to have a couple of games knocked off, but now it won't be known if arbitrator John McHale Jr. would have reduced the suspension.
One of four players suspended for the benches-clearing brawl on Easter, Gomez received the second harshest penalty. Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado already served his five-game suspension, while Pirates outfielder Travis Snider appealed and had his two-game ban upheld.
Pirates catcher Russell Martin also had his appeal denied but won't be able to serve his suspension until he's activated from the disabled list.
The brawl started with Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole taking offense to the way Gomez looked at a fly ball that eventually resulted in a triple. Cole approached Gomez at third base while yelling, causing the Brewers center fielder to react. Snider then came out of the dugout to escalate the situation and eventually got punched in the eye by Maldonado.
With Gomez out of the lineup, Elian Herrera will make his 10th career start in center field. Gomez had started all 39 games in center field for the Brewers prior to Wednesday.
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