September 17, 2010 in Sports

In brief: Morgan’s suspensions reduced to 8 games

 

Washington Nationals outfielder Nyjer Morgan will serve an eight-game suspension rather than the original penalties of two bans totaling 15 games.

Major League Baseball announced the decision Thursday following appeals. Morgan will begin serving the eight-game penalty today at Philadelphia.

He was given a seven-game suspension and fined on Aug. 25 when the commissioner’s office said he had deliberately thrown a baseball into the stands, resulting in a fan getting hit, at Philadelphia four days earlier.

His eight-game suspension and fine were announced Sept. 3 for a brawl at Florida on Sept. 1.

A day after Morgan ran over Florida catcher Brett Hayes while attempting to score from second on a 10th-inning grounder, separating Hayes’ shoulder, Marlins pitcher Chris Volstad hit Morgan with a pitch. Morgan stole second and third – Washington trailed 14-3 at the time – and Volstad threw his first pitch of the sixth behind Morgan.

Morgan charged the mound and took a swing, setting off a brawl.

Clearing the bases

Blue Jays center fielder Vernon Wells is the winner of the 2010 Branch Rickey Award in recognition of his work with children in the community. Created by the Rotary Club of Denver in 1991, the Branch Rickey Award honors individuals in baseball who contribute to their communities and are strong role models for young people. … Jenrry Mejia, a 20-year-old rookie who is the Mets’ top pitching prospect, will miss the remainder of this season with an injury to his right shoulder. … The Reds traded right-hander reliever Enerio Del Rosario to the Houston Astros for cash.

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