September 16, 2009

Baseball suspends Posada, Carlson

Yankees catcher Jorge Posada and Toronto pitcher Jesse Carlson received three-game suspensions Wednesday for their parts in a benches-clearing incident.

During Tuesday's 10-4 Toronto rout, Posada elbowed Carlson after he scored on Brett Gardner's double in the bottom of the eighth.

During the at-bat, Carlson threw behind Posada, continuing a pattern of seemingly errant pitches by both clubs.

Carlson later said something Posada didn't like, and when Posada ran towards him, both benches cleared.

No punches were thrown, but in the pile of bodies, Carlson suffered a knot on his forehead.

I'm not upset with it, Manager Cito Gaston said on the Blue Jays' Web site. It's always too many days.

Earlier reports said Toronto infielder John McDonald also had been suspended for allegedly swinging at New York Manager Joe Girardi.