Cincinnati Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco has been suspended three games by Major League Baseball for bumping an umpire Monday night.
Mesoraco, who made contact with home plate umpire Chad Fairchild during the third inning of the game against the San Diego Padres, will be fined an undisclosed amount, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
He was active for Wednesday night's game because he was appealing the suspension. He is expected to receive a hearing in two weeks.
"I was frustrated," Mesoraco told the Enquirer. "I let my emotions out. But at the end of the day, I was doing it for my team."
The Punxsutawney, Pa., native made contact with Fairchild while he was arguing whether a pitch was a ball or a strike.