ST. LOUIS -- Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander Jonathan Sanchez has been suspended by Major League Baseball for six games and fined for hitting Allen Craig with a pitch in the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday.
Sanchez gave up two home runs and a single to start the inning before hitting Craig in the shoulder. Umpire Tim Timmons immediately ejected Sanchez before tossing Pirates manager Clint Hurdle for arguing.
Baseball announced the suspension Saturday and Sanchez said he will appeal.
Cards' closer back on mound
ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals closer Jason Motte threw for the first time in five weeks Saturday, a step toward determining if he will need season-ending surgery on his right elbow.
The Cardinals set a May 1 deadline to decide whether he will require elbow-reconstruction surgery after an MRI in early April revealed a low-grade tear in a ligament. Motte said his 35-40 light tosses from about 45 feet before St. Louis' game against Pittsburgh won't provide the final determination.
"I felt great. I didn't feel this, didn't feel that," said Motte."
Cancer hits M's coach
SEATTLE -- Seattle Mariners third-base coach Jeff Datz said Saturday he has been diagnosed with cancer and might be away from the team for part of the season.
Datz told Mariners' players during a team meeting before Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Angels and later released a written statement. Datz said he's still in the process of making decisions on treatment and he might have to miss some games.
"The good news is that it was caught very early, and I have great support from my wife, my family, Eric (manager Wedge), the coaches and staff, all the players and the Mariners organization," Datz wrote.
The type of cancer was not disclosed.
"He's going to beat this," Wedge said. "We've all experienced cancer in some way, shape or form and it's something he's been dealing with, we've all been dealing with for a couple of weeks and we felt like it was the right time to announce it to the team because he is going to miss some time away from the team... Everybody is going to do what they need to do to help him and then he'll be back in good shape."
-- The Associated Press