Morgan gets seven-game suspension for incident with fan

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According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, Nationals outfielder Nyjer Morgan has been issued a seven-game suspension for throwing a ball at a fan last weekend at Philadelphia’s Citizen Bank Park.

The incident drew little coverage, if any at all, but a complaint may have been filed by the fan and those in the stands that witnessed the scene.

Kilgore was told that Morgan shared an “ongoing dialogue” with a member of the Phillies faithful and then fired a ball into the crowd, hitting a different fan in the head.  The center fielder has appealed the suspension and is in the Nationals’ lineup Wednesday, but he will have to serve some sort of punishment eventually.

Last season, Major League Baseball fined and suspended Tigers reliever Fernando Rodney for three games after he chucked a ball into the press box at Tampa Bay’s Tropicana Field.  Rodney appealed and had the suspension lessened to two games.

Mitch Haniger leaves game with oblique injury

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Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger left Tuesday night’s game against the Tigers with a strained oblique, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. Haniger suffered the injury running after hitting a single in the third inning. He was 2-for-2 when he exited the game.

Haniger will almost certainly be placed on the 10-day disabled list as a result of the injury. It’s a big loss for the Mariners, as he entered the night batting .321/.430/.590 with four home runs and 16 RBI in 93 plate appearances.

Danny Valencia, who pinch-ran for Haniger and stayed in the game to play right field, is likely to take Haniger’s spot in the lineup and in the outfield during his absence.

Jose Altuve, Teoscar Hernandez leave game after collision

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Astros second baseman Jose Altuve and outfielder Teoscar Hernandez collided attempting to catch a shallow fly ball hit by Indians catcher Yan Gomes in the bottom of the eighth inning during Tuesday night’s game.

Hernandez, who was called up earlier on Tuesday, had just come into the game as a defensive replacement for Carlos Beltran. George Springer entered the game in right field in Hernandez’s place after Hernandez was carted off the field. Altuve was replaced at second base by Marwin Gonzalez.

The Astros should have updates on the conditions of both players after the game. Losing Altuve would be a big deal for the first-place Astros, as he entered the game batting .324/.393/.459 with seven stolen bases.