WOODBRIDGE, Va. - The Potomac Nationals announced today that catcher Brian Peacock has been placed on the Disabled List as a result of Thursday night's benches-clearing brawl at the conclusion of the game with the Winston-Salem Warthogs at Ernie Shore Field.
Peacock and right-handed pitcher Clint Everts were both taken to Wake Forest University Baptist Hospital following the game. Both stayed over night for treatment and observations and were released at 5:00 a.m. The two caught a flight with trainer Sean Wayne to Baltimore where they were picked up by a team official and taken to meet the team in Frederick, Md.
Peacock suffered hairline fractures to the vertebrates in the lower portion of his back due to a blow he sustained during the incident. The player who hit the 22-year-old, who was coaching at first base when the fight broke out, was not clearly identified. Peacock will remain inactive for the next two to three weeks before he will begin baseball-related activities and will be re-evaluated at that time. It is estimated that he will remain out for at least one month.
Everts, 22, sustained a concussion due to a severe blow to the head. He missed his scheduled start Friday night but will not be placed on the Disabled List. Everts is expected to make his next start Wednesday night, May 2nd, against the Warthogs at Pfitzner Stadium.
Marco Estrada was promoted from Low-A Hagerstown to start in Everts place Friday night; however, he was sent back down immediately following the game. No replacement has been named and the Potomac Nationals will carry 24 players on their roster.
The brawl on Thursday night took place after third baseman Matt Rogelstad slid in hard to second trying to break up a potential game-ending double play. He was called for interference on Warthog second baseman Victor Mercedes. Mercedes then threw a punch at Rogelstad causing the benches to empty.
Tempers had flared earlier in the game as Mercedes and Brandon Powell exchanged words after Powell was tagged out trying to steal second in the fourth inning of the game.
Anthony Oppermann is the Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Potomac Nationals.
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