CC Sabathia on the night club ruckus: “I just flipped out”

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CC Sabathia commented yesterday about his Saturday morning nightclub fracas that was caught on video. He wasn’t in a fight as such, but he had to be restrained by friends from going after a guy heckling him. From the New York Times:

“A bad decision on my part,” said Sabathia, who added that he was lucky he had been forced into the car. “You know, I probably should have just kept quiet and got in the cab . . . I could have easily just brushed it off, got in a cab and had a good night,” Sabathia said. “I just flipped out.”

Fair enough. We all go a little mad sometimes.

Joe Girardi said that pushing Sabathia back a day in the rotation had nothing to do with it. A lot of times I’d be skeptical but not here. Sabathia could’ve been volunteering at a soup kitchen Friday night and been in bed before 10pm and pushing him back a day is still a good call giving how his season has gone. The Yankees have a pennant to chase and having the big man get an extra day of rest whenever possible is a smart move.

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.