Zambrano, Hawkins plan to appeal
Major League Baseball announced on Thursday that Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano has been suspended for five games while relief pitcher LaTroy Hawkins will get three games for their separate actions in games Monday and Tuesday against St. Louis.
Zambrano and Hawkins plan to appeal the penalties, which were set to start Friday. They will be able to play until hearings are held.
Both players also were fined an undisclosed amount.
Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said the suspensions of Zambrano and Hawkins were more than he expected.
"We anticipated some action. We were hoping it would be a little more lenient," Hendry said.
Zambrano was suspended for intentionally throwing at and hitting the Cardinals' Jim Edmonds in the eighth inning of Monday's Cardinals win -- one pitch after Scott Rolen hit a go-ahead homer off him. Earlier in the game, Edmonds had homered, struck out and was hit by a pitch, after which he and Zambrano exchanged words.
Hawkins was cited for his inappropriate actions and comments toward umpire Tim Tschida in the ninth inning of Tuesday's St. Louis victory. He gave up a tiebreaking homer in the ninth to the Cardinals' Albert Pujols and then was ejected after he started yelling at Tschida, the home plate umpire. The reliever had to be restrained by manager Dusty Baker and several Cubs coaches from going after Tschida.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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