[UPDATE]: Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras will serve his suspension on Sunday as the ban has been reduced to one game.
#Cubs Contreras suspension has been reduced to one game. He will serve it today
— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) September 17, 2017
Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras has been fined and suspended for two games for his outburst against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday afternoon, according to Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic.
Contreras is appealing the suspension.
Also, right-handed pitcher John Lackey was fined.
Both Contreras and Lackey lost their temper with home plate umpire Jordan Baker after he did not call what the Cubs players thought should have been strike three.
Manager Joe Maddon and shortstop Javier Baez both had to restrain Contreras.
“I’m sure if I see Jordan (Saturday) I will apologize to him,” Contreras said afterward, according to Paul Sullivan of The Chicago Tribune. “Other than that I’m just happy because the team was able to come back and win the game.”
He also said he would take any punishment from the league “like a man.”
The 25-year-old phenom is in the middle of a spectacular season, currently owning a slash line of .277/.351/.517 with 21 home runs and 73 RBI over 389 plate appearances.
10 of the Venezuelan’s long balls have come after the All-Star break.
Also, Sharma reports that the Cubs will be getting shortstop Addison Russell back on Saturday, as Chicago activated him off of the 10-day disabled list.
Russell hit the disabled list back on Aug. 4 because of a foot injury.
The 23-year-old has struggled at the plate this season, owning a slash line of .241/.305/.417 while connecting with 10 dingers and driving in 36 runs across 348 trips to the dish.
The Cubs came into play on Saturday with a record of 81-66 and sat three games in front of the Milwaukee Brewers for first place in the National League Central Division.