LOS ANGELES-- Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp was suspended four games for fighting with Colorado Rockies catcher Yorvit Torrealba, who got a three-game ban.
Major League Baseball also fined the players an undisclosed amount of money after their altercation in the eighth inning of Colorado's 3-0 victory over Los Angeles Tuesday.
Kemp struck out on a pitch in the dirt and Torrealba made contact with Kemp as he picked up the ball and tagged him out. Kemp, who was 0-4 with two strikeouts in the game, shoved Torrealba, who then pushed Kemp in the face with both hands. They fell to the ground and wrestled as players from both teams rushed the field. Both were ejected.
Kemp's suspension is scheduled to begin tonight against the Chicago Cubs, and Torrealba is supposed to start his tomorrow against the Milwaukee Brewers. The players have the option of appealing the discipline, which lets them play until a hearing.
Neither Dodgers spokeswoman Amy Summers nor Rockies spokesman Matt Chisholm said they knew if either player planned to appeal.
Kemp is batting .310 with four home runs and 32 runs batted in, with 56 strikeouts in 56 games. Torrealba is hitting .227 with two home runs and 15 RBI.