Snider, Martin paying penalties

PITTSBURGH – Major League Baseball upheld the suspensions it levied against Pittsburgh Pirates Travis Snider and Russell Martin.

Snider sat out the first of his two-game suspension Friday as the Pirates opened a series against the St. Louis Cardinals. He will also be ineligible for tonight’s game at PNC Park.

Martin is currently on the disabled list. When he is activated, he will be forced to miss the first game to satisfy his penalty.

Both players appealed suspensions that were handed down after a bench-clearing incident between the Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers on April 20.

Snider was penalized for leaving the bench to actively join the fracas, and Martin was suspended for making contact with an umpire during the melee.

Snider argued that he didn’t escalate the situation, passing up chances to throw punches once he had joined the swarm on the field.

“I had chances to go farther in a fighting sense and I didn’t take those chances,” Snider said. “I don’t sit here as a victim, hoping people feel sorry for me. That wasn’t the point of my appeal. It was based on the other people involved and the punishment that was handed out to them for what took place on the field.”

Milwaukee’s Carlos Gomez was suspended for three games and Martin Maldonado was given a five-game suspension for throwing a blind-side punch that left Snider with a cut close to his left eye.

At the time he was hit, Snider was in the grasp of Milwaukee’s Rickie Weeks.

Martin argued that he was merely joining the group to defend his teammates and had no idea he had made contact with an umpire.

“At that moment, I really wasn’t thinking about who was to my left and who was to my right,” Martin said. “In the review, I do realize that I moved the umpire a little bit.”

The umpires reported that Martin had no malicious intent against the umpire, and that the contact was just a product of the confusion that ensued as the benches cleared.

“The umpire didn’t feel like I needed to apologize to him,” Martin said. “[MLB] felt the need to suspend me for one game just because of my actions.”

Said manager Clint Hurdle, “There’s really not a lot to say. The timing is taken out of your hands. It’s part of the game. Those are the consequences that come from the circumstances of the game against the Brewers.”

Moving in

The Pirates brought up infielder Brent Morel from Class AAA Indianapolis, and he was in uniform No. 59 on Friday.

He took the roster spot that opened when pitcher Phil Irwin was sent out.

Morel was hitting .215 with one home run and 11 runs batted in over 25 games this season.

He has 194 games of major league experience with the Chicago White Sox from 2010-13. The Pirates acquired him from Toronto on a waiver claim in February.

Morel will probably return to Indianapolis during the upcoming road trip in Milwaukee when the Pirates will need to add another pitcher.