MLB News: Washington Nationals OF Nyjer Morgan Suspended 8 Games

Washington Nationals outfielder Nyjer Morgan has been suspended for eight games for a series of recent incidents, including his role in a benches-clearing brawl Wednesday against the Florida Marlins.

The eight-game ban is in addition to the seven-game suspension and undisclosed fine issued to Morgan for his inappropriate actions in an Aug. 21 game at Philadelphia. Morgan has appealed the suspension.

MLB also issued suspensions to several Marlins players.

Pitcher Chris Volstad has been suspended for six games and fined an undisclosed fine for intentionally throwing at Morgan on two occasions and for fighting during the benches-clearing incident; pitcher Alex Sanabia has received a five-game suspension for fighting; first baseman Gaby Sanchez has received a three-game suspension for his aggressive actions and fighting; and pitcher Jose Veras has been fined for his aggressive actions and comments during the incident.

Also, Nationals pitcher Doug Slaten has received a three-game suspension for intentionally throwing a pitch at Sanchez in the bottom of the seventh after a warning had been issued in the sixth inning.

Nationals manager Jim Riggleman has been suspended for two games and fined an undisclosed amount, Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez has been suspended for one game and fined an undisclosed, and Nationals third base coach Pat Listach has been suspended for three games and fined an undisclosed amount.

The players’ suspensions are scheduled to begin with Friday’s games.


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