Dominic Smith, Miguel Castro fined Mets-Phyllis Frakes

Philadelphia – Bench vacated and suspension / fine followed.

MLB suspended Phillies pitcher Jose Alvarado on Sunday for three games and fined him an undisclosed sum, having been evacuated at Citizen Bank Park two days earlier after his taunting of Dominic Smith. In addition, Smith and Miguel Castro were fined an undisclosed sum.

Alvarado on Sunday appealed for suspension, dropping him when needed against the Mets. Castro threw Rais Hawkins inside two pitches on Friday which led to players exchanging dazzles and the bench being empty again.

“The league is doing what they don’t have to do,” said Mets manager Luis Rojas. “I’m sure guys [Smith and Castro] On receiving his letter, he got a little upset and got his notice because he felt it was unfair. They entered into it. I do not understand the part where people are a little worried about these fines. “

Dominic Smith was fined on Saturday for his role in a heated argument with Phyllis Jose Alvarado.
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Bad blood between Smith and Alvarado occurred on 13 April at Citi Field. In Game 1 of the doubleheader, Alvarado threw a pitch near Michael Conforto’s head before drilling into the wrist with a pitch. Smith shouted from the dugout at Alvarado.

After Smith was dismissed on Friday, Alvarado pointed to him and the two started jousting as players playing on the field. No punch was thrown.

The new “approach coach” – real or not – was discussed by players when hinted before Sunday’s game. The day before, Pete Alonso and Conforto mentioned “Donnie,” a new addition to the staff who spoke at the hitters meeting. It was clear from the players’ reactions that “Donnie” was some kind of joke.

“You don’t know Donny yet?” JD Davis said. “Donnie is the man. Donnie is all about lifting high, celebrating, getting your best swing, looking for your pitches and just having fun.”

Davis said he could not tell who was behind the idea of ​​”Donnie”. But he says “Donnie” gave an important message.

“Going out there and having a great time, playing baseball, because I think we’re all getting away, so we all get paid to play a kid’s game,” Davis said. “I think Donnie helps us come back to Earth and play the game properly.”

Rosa was waiting for a starter’s name for Monday’s game in St. Louis. Joey Lucchesi was likely to be recalled, but Rose was also weighing the option of a bullpen start, perhaps with Robert Gasselman, Jacob Barnes or Sean Reid-Foley starting for several innings.

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