Rockies reliever Nick Masset was handed a three-game suspension and fined an undisclosed amount for intentionally throwing a pitch at Braves catcher Evan Gattis in the ninth inning of last Thursday's game at Coors Field, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday.
Masset, who declined to appeal the suspension, will begin serving it during Tuesday night's game against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.
"I was definitely surprised. I wasn't really aware of what was going to happen. Coming in, I thought there would be a fine, it was my first time getting ejected. So, especially for this type of situation, I don't necessarily agree with the disciplinary action, but I am just going to take it and do my due diligence," Nick Masset said. "People want to talk about the high-fives coming into the dugout or whatever. They were high-fiving me because I got two outs and we won the ballgame. I don't think it was like, 'Way to hit him!' We played a great game that day and we got the W."
Braves pitcher David Carpenter was also fined an undisclosed amount for intentionally throwing at Rockies outfielder Corey Dickerson in the bottom of the eighth of the same game.
The June 12 game was a contentious one for both sides and led to four ejections in the final two innings. And it seemed to have all started in the eighth, when Dickerson hit Braves catcher Gerald Laird with his backswing after a foul ball.
Dickerson insisted it was an accident, and Laird luckily was fine and able to walk off the field on his own power. But Carpenter retaliated on the next pitch (though he denied that it was intentional), leading to his ejection and a screaming match between Rockies manager Walt Weiss and the plate umpire. Weiss was quickly tossed.
Masset was then ejected for his intentional throw at Gattis, who had replaced Laird as catcher, and Rockies bench coach Tom Runnells, who had taken over Weiss's duties, soon became the fourth ejection.
"That's just kind of how the game works. I don't have a lot of comments on it. Nothing happened and I think we have kind of moved on," said Masset.
The Rockies ultimately won the game 10-3.
Denver Post staff writer Patrick Saunders contributed to this report.