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Phillies activate Jean Segura

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Phillies shortstop Jean Segura has been activated from the 10-day injured list, per a team announcement on Saturday. Segura will bat second in the lineup as the Phillies take on the Marlins this afternoon. In a corresponding move, outfielder Dylan Cozens has been optioned back to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Segura, 29, sustained a left hamstring strain while running the bases during a recent blowout win over the Mets. Luckily for the Phillies, the injury wasn’t severe enough to warrant a lengthy stay on the IL, and Segura was only sidelined for the minimum 10 days before making a full recovery.

Prior to the injury, the veteran infielder batted .328/.384/.478 with seven extra-base hits, 10 RBI, and a stolen base through 73 plate appearances. He was temporarily replaced by a combination of Scott Kingery, Phil Gosselin, and Sean Rodríguez, all of whom made a handful of starts at short in Segura’s absence.

Cozens, meanwhile, will head back down to Triple-A after making just one appearance with the major-league club in 2019. Following his call-up, the 24-year-old rookie subbed in as a pinch-hitter for Jerad Eickoff in the seventh inning of Friday’s 4-0 shutout over the Marlins and grounded out to end the inning. He’s had a little more luck in the minors this spring, where he batted .218/.380/.636 with six home runs, 14 RBI, and three stolen bases (in five chances) across 71 PA.

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.