It’s been a rough go of it lately for the Washington Nationals. They’ve lost eight of their last 11 games. They are riddled with injuries to important players. Now they are sleep-deprived and still haven’t made it out of Philadelphia even though they have a game in Milwaukee this evening.
The team’s charter plane out of Philly experienced mechanical issues last night and the entire team was stuck on the tarmac for hours. The plane was boarded at 6:30pm. Sometime around 4AM the decision was made for players to go back to the team hotel and try to get a couple hours of sleep. As of 8:45AM the plane was still in Philly. I’ve not seen word if it has taken off yet.
Nats broadcaster F.P. Santangelo at least had fun with it:
First pitch in Milwaukee is 7:40PM Eastern time. Greenies are now banned these days so I’m not sure how the Nats plan on being ready, but they’re pros. They’ll figure something out.
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.