Mota OK with fine for hitting Fielder
Dodgers reliever says Brewers slugger 'a good guy'
LOS ANGELES -- Two days after hitting Prince Fielder in the leg with a fastball in the top of the ninth of a 17-4 win over the Brewers, Dodgers pitcher Guillermo Mota has been fined by Major League Baseball for the incident.
Fielder, who attempted to storm into the Dodgers clubhouse after the game, also was fined by MLB. The fines mean that both players avoided suspensions.
Mota told reporters that his agent informed him of the fine Thursday morning, and that he will not try to appeal it. Mota said that he did not know the fine's amount.
"It's OK, it's over," Mota said of the altercation that's become national news in recent days.
Mota said that he considers Fielder "a good guy" but he felt that Fielder's actions after the game "made it into a bigger deal."
When asked if he was surprised that Fielder only was fined and not suspended, Mota laughed and didn't give a direct answer.
For the season, Mota is 3-2 with a 3.06 ERA in 48 appearances.
David Ely is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.