Reds' Devin Mesoraco Handed Three-Game Suspension

Apr 27, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco (39) catches during the first inning against the Houston Astros at Great American Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

Cincinnati Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco has been suspended for three games for making contact with an umpire while arguing balls and strikes, reports Mark Sheldon of MLB.com:

Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco received a three-game suspension from Major League Baseball on Wednesday for making contact with home plate umpire Chad Fairchild during Monday's game against the Padres.

Mesoraco, who was also fined an undisclosed sum of money, is appealing the suspension.

The 24-year-old Mesoraco bumped plate umpire Fairchild in a heated exchange following his ejection for arguing a borderline pitch in the third inning. Manager Dusty Baker attempted to restrain the rookie but could not prevent him from making contact with the umpire.

In more bad news for the catcher, Mesoraco was also placed on the seven-day disabled list for a concussion incurred Monday during a home plate collision the inning before he was ejected. Once off the disabled list, Mesoraco will be available to play until his appeal has been heard, which could take up to two weeks.

Mesoraco, who will be replaced on the roster by Dioner Navarro, is hitting just .221/.299/.379 with five home runs in 46 games.

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