Cubs reliever Ryan Tepera said he had no “malicious intent” in throwing behind Brewers pitcher Brandon Woodruff on Tuesday.

“It was just a message that we’d had enough,” Tepera said Friday in a pregame Zoom press conference.

Major League Baseball issued Tepera a three-game suspension and undisclosed fine, after determining Tepera had intentionally thrown at Woodruff. Tepera is appealing the suspension. Tepera said he believes the hearing will take place in about a week. Any discipline will be held until after the process is complete.