Jason Marquis, Esmerling Vazquez Suspended Five Games Each For Hitting Batters

Major League Baseball has come down on pitchers Jason Marquis and Esmerling Vasquez for their roles in a wild game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Washington Nationals on Sunday. Marquis was suspended for five games, while Vasquez was suspended for three games, according to the league.

Managers Jim Riggleman and Kirk Gibson have also been suspended one game. Marquis is appealing his suspension and subsequent fine, according to Amanda Comak of the Washington Times.

Marquis was ejected in the sixth inning for hitting Justin Upton in the back, one inning after Jayson Werth objected to being hit, which caused a warning. Marquis was stunned because it was a 1-0 game and the hit-by-pitch put runners on first and second base. Two innings later, Vasquez threw behind Danny Espinosa and was also ejected.

Marquis' next scheduled start was expected to be on Friday at San Diego. Riggleman will serve his suspension Tuesday, according to the league.

A previous edition of this post suggested Vasquez was suspended for five games. He was actually suspended for just three.

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