Harper’s ban cut by a game

Los Angeles Times - - BASEBALL -

Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als star Bryce Harper agreed to drop his ap­peal of a four-game sus­pen­sion and had one game shaved from the pun­ish­ment.

Harper reached the agree­ment Wed­nes­day with Ma­jor League Base­ball and be­gin serv­ing the sus­pen­sion im­me­di­ately.

The pun­ish­ment stemmed from a bench-clear­ing brawl on Mon­day af­ter Harper was hit by a 98-mph fast­ball from San Fran­cisco Gi­ants re­liever Hunter Strick­land. There was no word on Strick­land, who re­ceived a sixgame sus­pen­sion and also had planned to ap­peal.

Castillo placed on DL

The Bal­ti­more Ori­oles placed catcher Wel­ing­ton Castillo on the 10-day dis­abled list with a tes­tic­u­lar in­jury.

Castillo spent time in the emer­gency room Tues­day night af­ter be­ing hurt in the ninth in­ning of an 8-3 loss to the New York Yan­kees.

The freak in­jury oc­curred when a pitch that hit New York’s Didi Gre­go­rius ric­o­cheted down­ward and struck Castillo be­tween the legs.

Etc.

The New York Mets fired their mas­cot, Mr. Met, af­ter the em­ployee was seen on video mak­ing an ob­scene ges­ture to a fan dur­ing a 7-1 loss to the vis­it­ing Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers . ... Chicago White Sox broad­caster Ken “Hawk” Har­rel­son said he would re­tire af­ter work­ing 20 games next year in his 34th sea­son in the booth.

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