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John Brebbia underwent Tommy John surgery

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Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Cardinals reliever John Brebbia underwent Tommy John surgery earlier this month in St. Louis. The right-hander felt discomfort in his elbow during spring training in March before MLB operations were shut down due to the pandemic.

Brebbia, 30, was among the Cardinals’ more reliable relievers last season, posting a 3.59 ERA with 87 strikeouts and 27 walks over 72 2/3 innings. He is entering his fourth major league season.

Brebbia will miss the entire 2020 season and likely some of the 2021 season as well. The recovery period for Tommy John surgery is typically between 12 and 15 months.

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.