Making Moves: Suspensions, draft signings, and inking the guy accused of mocking Zack Greinke

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Suspensions came down from the league following Tuesday’s brawl with the Diamondbacks.

Ian Kennedy was suspended 10 games “for intentionally throwing a pitch in the head area of Zack Greinke of the Dodgers in the bottom of the seventh inning, after a warning had already been issued to both Clubs earlier in the game.”

Eric Hinske was suspended five games for leaving the dugout and for “his aggressive actions,” which included hitting/slapping Yasiel Puig in the face.

J.P. Howell and Skip Schumaker were each suspended for two games for “aggressive actions.”

Ronald Belisario was suspended one game for “aggressive actions.”

Hitting coach Mark McGwire was suspended two games “for his conduct during the incidents.”

Both managers, Don Mattingly and Kirk Gibson, were suspended for one game; Mattingly “for the actions of his club and his conduct during the incidents” and Gibson for “the intentional actions of Kennedy after a warning had been issued.”

Fines, but no suspensions, were also handed out to Zack Greinke, Puig, Miguel Montero and Gerardo Parra.

Both managers will serve their one-game suspensions on Friday night. McGwire will serve his suspension Friday and Saturday in Pittsburgh.

The Dodgers were also fined for having players on the disabled list (namely, Chris Capuano and Josh Beckett) leave the dugout during the fracas. As an additional punishment, no Dodger on the disabled list will be allowed to sit in the dugout all weekend during their series at PNC Park.

The Dodgers got off lightly when all was said and done, at least in regards to games that will be missed.

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A.J. Ellis was activated from the 15-day DL. In a corresponding roster move, Ramon Hernandez was designated for assignment.

L.A. then addressed the lack of catching depth in the system by claiming John Baker, formerly of the Padres, off waivers.

The Dodgers addressed their lack of catching depth on Saturday, claiming backstop John Baker on waivers from the Padres. The Dodgers optioned the 32-year-old catcher to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Baker hit .150/.261/.150 (6-for-40) in 16 games for the Padres this season, and was designated for assignment on Monday. In parts of six seasons with the Marlins and Padres, Baker is a career .258/.342/.364 hitter.

Baker was also on the field during the Dodgers’ brawl with the Padres on Apr. 11, and was originally thought to be the San Diego player mocking that Zack Greinke broke his collarbone that set Jerry Hairston off. Though Baker vehemently denied any such role, and was one of the one who helped pull Greinke off the pile.

Baker is making $930,000 this season, so with 107 days remaining in the 183-day season the Dodgers are on the hook for approximately $543,770.

Well … that would make for an interesting clubhouse, no?

Baker will head to AAA and be available should an injury occur to A.J. or Tim Federowicz. I’d be shocked if the Dodgers went with three catchers again, outside of perhaps the odd series here or there with an American League team.

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The Dodgers signed 2013 draft picks Chris Anderson (1), Tom Windle (2), Cody Bellinger (4), Jacob Rhame (6), Henry Yates (9), Adam Law (12), and Thomas Taylor (26), as detailed by Chad.

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Greg Zakwin is the founder of the site Plaschke Thy Sweater Is Argyle. Follow him on Twitter @ArgyledPlaschke and find him contributing at Yahoo! Sports.

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