MIAMI - St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has been suspended for five games after bumping an umpire several times and spraying him with spittle during a run-in this week.
Major League Baseball also fined Molina an undisclosed amount.
The penalty is to begin Thursday night when the Cardinals play at Florida unless Molina appeals.
Molina became incensed after getting called out on strikes by plate umpire Rob Drake in the 10th inning Tuesday night in Milwaukee and got right up in his face.
Already ejected, Molina kept bumping his chest into Drake and some spit flew into the umpire's face during the animated dispute.