Morgan to serve an eight-game suspension

BY foxsports • September 16, 2010

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 on Friday at Philadelphia.

He was given a seven-game suspension and fined on Aug. 25 when the commissioner's office said he'd deliberately thrown a baseball into the stands ing Philadelphia four days earlier, resulting in a fan getting hit. At the time of the penalty, Morgan said he couldn't discuss what happened.

His eight-game suspension and fine were announced Sept. 3, among nine punishments issued for a brawl at Florida two days prior.

A day after Morgan ran over Florida catcher Brett Hayes while attempting to score from second on a 10th-inning grounder - Hayes tagged out Morgan, but the hit separated his left shoulder - Marlins pitcher Chris Volstad hit Morgan with a pitch. Morgan stole second and third - Washington trailed 14-3 at the time - so Volstad threw his first pitch of the sixth behind Morgan, prompting him to charge the mound and take a swing at Volstad, setting off a brawl.

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