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Adam Haseley sidelined with groin strain


After making his anticipated MLB debut on Tuesday, Phillies top prospect Adam Haseley collected one hit over his first two major-league games this week. Now, per a team announcement on Saturday, he’s headed for the 10-day injured list with a left groin strain.

It’s an unlucky break for the outfielder, who ranked no. 3 in the Phillies’ system before getting called up to the big leagues. He impressed in the minors, slashing .275/.358/.466 with seven home runs, 23 RBI, and an .824 OPS over 204 plate appearances at the Double-A and Triple-A levels in 2019. He collected his first MLB hit against the Padres on Wednesday — an eighth-inning RBI double that boosted their eventual 7-5 win — but was scratched from Friday’s game with a sore left hip flexor. While his move to the IL is retroactive to June 6, putting a potential return at June 16, a concrete timetable for his return has yet to be established.

In order to compensate for Haseley’s loss, the Phillies shifted Scott Kingery from third base to center field and moved Maikel Franco to the hot corner. They also recalled outfielder Nick Williams from Triple-A Lehigh Valley, though he’s expected to fill a backup role on the team for the time being.

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.