Harper’s ban cut by a game
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.
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