NEW YORK, April 25 (UPI) -- Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Miguel Batista will pay a heavy price for firing a baseball at the head of Tino Martinez, but it could have been worse.
Bob Watson, vice president of on-field operations for Major League Baseball, handed down suspensions to Batista, Martinez, reliever Jeff Fassero and Manager Tony La Russa of the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday for a series of incidents in last Sunday's game between the teams.
Batista was suspended 10 games and fined an undisclosed amount for inciting a benches-clearing incident, fighting and throwing a ball at Martinez.
Batista has appealed the suspension and was scheduled to start Friday night when the Diamondbacks began a three-game series against the New York Mets.
Martinez was suspended four games and fined an undisclosed amount for charging the mound and fighting. He also is expected to appeal.
Fassero was suspended three games and fined an undisclosed amount for intentionally throwing and hitting Luis Gonzalez after a warning had been issued. His suspension is scheduled to begin Wednesday.
La Russa was suspended one game and fined for his comments directed at Batista and for Fassero's intentional pitch at Gonzalez after a warning had been issued. His suspension is scheduled for Saturday.
Catcher Mike Matheny of St. Louis and coach Eddie Rodriguez were fined but not suspended.
After Batista hit Martinez in the shoulder blade with a pitch in the bottom of the fifth inning, the two glared at each other as Martinez walked to first base. Martinez was forced at second on a fielder's choice by J.D. Drew and exchanged words with Batista as he jogged off the field.
Martinez lost his composure and ran toward Batista, throwing a punch. Batista threw the ball at Martinez and missed as both benches emptied. The players were ejected and warnings were issued to both dugouts.
The Cardinals decided to retaliate against Arizona's best hitter. With two outs and none on in the ninth inning, Fassero hit Gonzalez with a pitch, prompting the ejections of Fassero and La Russa.
La Russa's suspension was automatic.