Major League Baseball announced Saturday that Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander Jonathan Sanchez received a six-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for intentionally throwing at St. Louis Cardinals batter Allen Craig in the bottom of the first inning of Friday night's game. Sanchez is appealing the suspension so he will not miss any time until a decision is made on the appeal.
Several players are dealing with a variety of injuries, including:
---The New York Yankees placed catcher Francisco Cervelli and right-handed pitcher Ivan Nova on the 15-day disabled list, and transferred shortstop Derek Jeter to the 60-day DL. Cervelli fractured his right hand after catching a foul tip during Friday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Nova left his start Friday with inflammation in his right triceps. In their place, the Yankees recalled catcher Austin Romine from Class AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre and purchased the contract of left-handed pitcher Vidal Nuno from Scranton Wilkes-Barre. David Phelps is expected to take Nova's spot in the rotation and Nuno will work out of the bullpen.
---Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Neil Walker received six stitches in his right index finger after having his hand stepped on during Friday night's game against the St. Louis Cardinals. MLB.com reported that it will likely be a week before the stitches are removed but could be longer before Walker is ready to resume baseball activities. It is not clear if he will go on the disabled list. Brandon Inge is expected to fill in for Walker at second base.
---Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Mark Ellis strained his right quad while running out a ground ball in the fifth inning of Friday night's game against the Milwaukee Brewers. He was scheduled to have an MRI to determine the severity of the injury, according to MLB.com. Manager Don Mattingly intimated that Ellis could be headed to the disabled list.
---Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Josh Johnson, who was scratched from his start Friday, looks to be back in the rotation next week after an MRI showed only inflammation in his right triceps. "Just a little tiny bit of inflammation, and that's it," Johnson told reporters Saturday. Johnson will play catch for the next two days before the team decides when he will make his next start.