Brett Gardner gets good news with MRI on wrist, expected to return Friday

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Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner hasn’t played since he suffered a bone bruise in his right wrist when he was hit by a pitch in Monday’s game against the Orioles, but Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that he is expected to return to the starting lineup tomorrow night against the Rays at Tropicana Field.

Gardner said Wednesday that he was “happy” with how he felt and was “headed in the right direction,” but he underwent an MRI today in Tampa which confirmed the initial diagnosis from Monday’s X-rays. That should be enough to clear him to return.

Gardner, who set career-highs with 17 homers and 58 RBI in 2014, is batting .261 (6-for-23) with one home run and a .393 on-base percentage over six games so far this season.

Joe Kelly’s suspension reduced to 5 games on appeal

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.

Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.

The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty.

Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.

After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.

Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.

Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.

The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.