In the wake of the brawl between the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees, Major League Baseball delivered swift punishment on the players involved with suspensions announced on Friday. Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera, who MLB determined instigated the fight, received a seven-game suspension from the league.
Cabrera will likely appeal the suspension immediately, which would allow him to play on Friday night and could allow him to play over the weekend given the appeals process could take multiple days given the length of his ban. SO for the short-term, fantasy owners shouldn't be overly concerned about a potential absence from Cabrera.
But it should also be noted that Cabrera hasn't performed to his normal levels this season. Across 453 plate appearances, the 34-year-old registered a .254/.338/.405 slash line, .318 wOBA and 96 wRC+. A season marked by injuries and poor play at the plate and in the field, now is additionally hurt by Cabrera's role in baseball's biggest fight this season.
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus received a one-game suspension for relief pitcher Alex Wilson intentionally thrown pitch at Yankees' third baseman Todd Frazier, while Wilson received a four-game ban.