Zuckerman: Morgan Suspended 7 Games

Zuckerman: Morgan Suspended 7 Games
August 25, 2010, 11:28 pm
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Wednesday, August 25, 2010, 7:25 p.m., Updated at 10:40 p.m.

By Mark Zuckerman

Washington Nationals center fielder Nyjer Morgan was suspended seven games and fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Baseball on Wednesday for "inappropriate actions" during the ninth inning of Saturday night's game in Philadelphia.

Morgan appealed the suspension and remained in the Nationals' lineup Wednesday against the Chicago Cubs.

The incident occurred, according to MLB, in the middle of the ninth of Saturday's 8-1 victory over the Phillies when Morgan "intentionally" threw a ball into the stands and struck a fan. Morgan later caught the final out of the game on a fly ball from Jayson Werth, then turned and faked a throw toward the stands.

MLB vice president of on-field operations Bob Watson handed down the punishment shortly before Wednesday's game, surprising Morgan and Nationals manager Jim Riggleman.

"This is brand-new news to me," Morgan said following Wednesday night's 4-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

Morgan sidestepped questions about what specifically happened during the incident at Citizens Bank Park.

"I can't really say too much," he said before a member of the Nationals PR staff cut off the interview 30 seconds in.

There's no timetable for Morgan's appeal, but it's often weeks before a hearing takes place at MLB headquarters in New York.

"Today's the first day I heard about it," Riggleman said. "Actually, right before game time it was brought to my attention that there was an issue there. ... Something took place there. Nyjer had an issue with a fan or something. MLB's going to take care of it with Nyjer."