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.

Shohei Ohtani medically cleared to begin throwing progression

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The Angels released a medical update on P/DH Shohei Ohtani Thursday evening. Ohtani was reevaluated by Dr. Steve Yoon at the Kerlan Jobe Institute. The right-hander’s sprained UCL showed improved healing and, as a result, he has been cleared to begin a throwing progression.

Ohtani, 24, was diagnosed with a Grade 2 sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow after his June 6 start against the Royals and hasn’t pitched since, though he has been in the lineup as a hitter since July 3. It was initially believed he would undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery. Then the thought was that Ohtani wouldn’t pitch again for the rest of the season, but this update suggests a possibility he could return to the mound before the season is over.

In nine starts, Ohtani put together a 3.10 ERA with a 61/20 K/BB ratio in 49 1/3 innings. As a hitter, he batted .283/.365/.522 with seven home runs and 22 RBI in 157 plate appearances.