Coco Crisp gets a one-game suspension for tossing his bat in the direction of an umpire


Last night A’s outfielder Coco Crisp Coco Crisp was unhappy with a strike call and tossed his bat near the feet of hime plate umpire D.J. Reyburn. Today he got suspended for one game for the act.

Major League Baseball’s press release said the bat “struck Reyburn on the foot,” though Crisp didn’t think it actually hit Reyburn. Crisp isn’t disputing the wrongness of his actions, however, as he has elected not to appeal the suspension. He tells Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle today that he deserves the suspension and that, while accidental — he meant to just drop the bat and flicked it a bit too hard — it was too close and there is no cause for ever coming into contact with an ump.

Billy Burns will get the start in center field for the A’s tonight. Crisp will, presumably, be ordering room service back at the team hotel in Houston.

Joe Kelly’s suspension reduced to 5 games on appeal

Joe Kelly suspended eight
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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.