Prosser suspended one game for head butt

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Prosser suspended one game for head butt

DETROIT Chicago Blackhawks forward Jamal Mayers got an apology from Nate Prosser last night, after the Minnesota Wild defenseman head-butted him. On Friday, the NHL had its response.

Prosser was suspended one game for the head butt, so he will miss the Wilds regular-season finale against the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night. Mayers was not seriously injured on the play he had a cut lip and played the rest of the game. That, and the fact that Prosser has never been fined or suspended in his brief NHL career, factored into Brendan Shanahans decision.

Shanahan said Prossers actions violated Rule 47: The act of headbutting that involves a player making intentional contact, or attempting to make contact, with an opponent by leading with his head or helmet.

Based on his average annual salary, Prosser will forfeit 3,864.86 for the game hell miss. The money goes to the Players Emergency Assistance Fund.

Mayers appreciated Prossers apology but said theres no need for that in the game.

I was shocked to have that happen; its never happened in my career. Ive been punched in the face before but never been head butted, said Mayers. I wasnt happy about it.

Prosser told the Minneapolis Star Tribune after the game that (Mayers) pushed me in the stomach and I went forward. It was the most unintentional thing I think Ive ever done. I think he sold it pretty well; he acted like his teeth were knocked out. I felt bad at the time, but then hes back the next shift.

Check out Shanahan's official video about the suspension:

Cubs finalize Opening Day 25-man roster

Cubs finalize Opening Day 25-man roster

Matt Szczur or Tommy La Stella on the Cubs Opening Day roster?

How about both?

Theo Epstein said Wednesday morning the Cubs plan to keep both Szczur and La Stella on the Opening Day 25-man roster with relief pitcher Brian Duensing headed to the disabled list.

Duensing, 34, has been hampered by a back issue this spring.

Szczur is out of minor-league options, meaning the Cubs would have had to either keep him on the 25-man roster or place him on waivers, which would almost assuredly mean they'd lose him to another team.

La Stella has options left and already told manager Joe Maddon this spring he would head down to the minors if asked (something La Stella was unwilling to do in August last year when he refused assignment).

The move makes the most sense for the Cubs, as the need for eight relief pitchers is not as imperative in April when the team has five off-days in the first month of the season.

Of course, the Cubs still have four days left of exhibition action, but assuming nothing else changes, here's how the Cubs roster will look Opening Night in St. Louis Sunday:

Catchers

Willson Contreras
Miguel Montero

Infielders

Anthony Rizzo
Ben Zobrist
Javy Baez
Addison Russell
Kris Bryant
Tommy La Stella

Outfielders

Jason Heyward
Albert Almora
Jon Jay
Kyle Schwarber
Matt Szczur

Starting pitchers

Jon Lester
Jake Arrieta
John Lackey
Brett Anderson
Kyle Hendricks

Relief pitchers

Mike Montgomery
Justin Grimm
Carl Edwards Jr.
Pedro Strop
Hector Rondon
Koji Uehara
Wade Davis

The Cubs figure to eventually make room for Duensing on the roster as the bullpen could use another left-handed pitcher, but those decisions often take care of themselves with either health problems or trade options, etc.

Remember, there is a 10-day disabled list this year in the MLB, so placing a guy on the DL doesn't guarantee losing him for more than two weeks anymore.

Live stream: Fire introduce Bastian Schweinsteiger on CSN+ at 3 p.m.

Live stream: Fire introduce Bastian Schweinsteiger on CSN+ at 3 p.m.

Bastian Schweinsteiger is officially a member of the Chicago Fire after he passed his medical and finalized the required paperwork for his transfer from Manchester United.

The newest member of the Fire will be introduced formally on Wednesday afternoon. 

[RELATED: Fire fans swarm O'Hare to greet Bastian Schweinsteiger]

Schweinsteiger's introductory press conference from the Fire Pitch will air on CSN+ and stream live on CSNChicago.com at 3 p.m.

CSNChicago.com will have complete reaction, video and analysis following Schweinsteiger's press conference on Wednesday.