Reds outfielder Marlon Byrd suffered a fractured right wrist when he was hit by a pitch Tuesday night. There’s no official word on how long he’ll be out, but it will be a while.
Byrd had an eight-homer May after hitting just .169 in April and the injury will likely make it impossible for him to reach the 550 plate appearances necessary to trigger next season’s $8 million vesting option. Byrd is being paid $8 million this season, $4 million of which the Phillies are covering as part of their trade agreement with the Reds.
Byrd is 37 years old and there wasn’t much trade interest in him until the Phillies offered to cover a big chunk of his salary, so losing out on the $8 million option for 2016 could cost him millions. In the long term the Reds would probably be relieved to be off the hook for that money, but in the short term it means giving more playing time for Brennan Boesch and Skip Schumaker.
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 players association said Wednesday night it was dismayed by the length of the ban.
“While we understand the concerns raised by the league with respect to a bench-clearing incident during this challenging season, we’re disappointed by the decision,” the union said. “It was an unfair result for Joe Kelly given the cases presented.”
The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty that was first reported by Barstool Sports.
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.