Tanner Scheppers fined, suspended by Texas League after getting tossed from rehab game

Baseball By tradition, major league players who are sent to play in the minors on rehab assignments usually make a magnanimous gesture like springing for a better postgame meal than the usual steam-table spread.Tanner Scheppers took it a bit further over the weekend, and the law is coming for him. The Texas League on Wednesday suspended and fined Scheppers for intentionally throwing at a batter Saturday while rehabbing with the Double-A Frisco Roughriders, the Dallas Morning News reported.The initial act earned Scheppers an ejection from the game and led to another in a long line of legendary tirades from Frisco manager Joe Mikulik (see below). And it all happened because Scheppers was sticking up for teammates he barely even knows. By the time Scheppers took the mound to start the eighth, Frisco shortstop Tyler Pastornicky already had been hit by a pair of pitches from Arkansas starter Tyler DeLoach. Between those two plunkings, Frisco starter Jake Thompson had drilled Arkansas center fielder Chad Hinshaw.Scheppers, who is recovering from an ankle injury, quickly retired the first two batters he faced before walking the next man. Scheppers then threw a pit

ch behind Arkansas shortstop Eric Stamets and was immediately tossed by umpire Bryan Fields.Details of the discipline handed down Wednesday by Texas League president Tom Kayser were not announced, but Kayser acknowledged he couldn't recall another instance of a rehabbing major leaguer being suspended or fined.“It is a bit unusual,” Kayser told the Morning News.The good news for Scheppers is he'll be able to duck the discipline until the next time he ends up back in the Texas League.