Chicago hitting coach Gerald Perry, however, can't appeal and
started to serve the three-game suspension he got for his role in
the bench-clearing brawl Saturday at Wrigley Field. The fight
started after Lee was hit by a pitch thrown by San Diego's
Chris Young, who is also appealing a five-game suspension.
Lee and Young were both suspended and fined Monday by Bob
Watson, baseball's vice president in charge of discipline. Perry
was suspended and fined for "aggressive actions," Watson said.
San Diego's Brian Giles and Jake Peavy also were fined.
"We're going to gather all the evidence and the facts and look
at it," Young said before the Padres played at home Tuesday night
against Baltimore. "We will then present our case."
Lee, who batted third and played first base against the Rangers,
appealed hoping to get his suspension shortened.
"We'll see what happens," Lee said before the Cubs played at
Rangers Ballpark for the first time. "The only thing is, from what
I understand, is if you just charge the mound immediately, it's
only three games. I don't see really how what I did is worth [five
games]. That's the only problem I have about it."
In Saturday's game, Lee was hit in the forearm by a pitch from
Young that appeared to be headed toward the first baseman's head.
Lee walked to first, had words with the pitcher, then threw a
punch. Young swung back and the benches emptied.
Lee is convinced Young threw at him.
"I think he did. I could be wrong, but I do," he said. "I
don't like that it happened. I don't know how else it could have
been handled, though. But sometimes things happen in those
Cubs manager Lou Piniella said he hasn't gotten an explanation
about the Perry's suspension.
"According to Gerald, he was just pulling Peavy off the pile,"
Asked who would be the hitting coach during the games, Piniella
responded, "Hopefully, we won't need one for three games, that
these guys will swing the bats."
Lee wasn't sure when his appeal would be heard.
"From what I understand, it'll be a while before I can speak to
someone," Lee said. "It sounds like it will be a couple of
As for Young's suspension, Lee said he can see where the pitcher
has a good case for not being penalized at all.
"If he can say he didn't throw at me, if the ball got away, he
has to defend himself if someone throws a punch at him," Lee said.
Young declined to talk about the fight and the pitch.
"I don't want to hurt my case and my appeal," he said.
Young's next start is scheduled on Friday night in the opener of
a three-game series against the visiting Boston Red Sox.
Padres manager Bud Black supported his pitcher's decision to
appeal the suspension.
"I think it's the right thing to do," said Black. "I think
more than anything he wants the commissioner's office to know, Bob
Watson to know, his account of what happened Saturday."