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PITTSBURGH — Nyjer Morgan has been suspended eight games by Major League Baseball for a series of actions over the last week. Additionally, manager Jim Riggleman has been suspended two games, third base coach Pat Listach has been suspended two games and left-hander Doug Slaten has been suspended three games for their actions during Wednesday night's brawl in Florida.
Morgan has appealed his suspension and is in the Nationals' lineup tonight against the Pirates, leading off and playing center field. Slaten also appealed and is available out of the bullpen. Riggleman will begin serving his suspension tonight. Listach, whose initial three-game suspension was reduced to two, will begin serving on Sunday after Riggleman's is complete.
Several Marlins also have been suspended: Chris Volstad (six games), Alex Sanabia (five games), Gaby Sanchez (three games) and manager Edwin Rodriguez (one game). Reliever Jose Veras has been fined but not suspended.
MLB said Morgan's suspensions were for three violations: Running into Cardinals catcher Bryan Anderson on Saturday, inappropriate comments made to Marlins fans on Tuesday and then charging the mound and gesturing to fans on Wednesday.
This punishment is in addition to Morgan's previous seven-game suspension for an altercation with fans in Philadelphia on August 21. His appeal for that suspension is still pending.
Riggleman was suspended by MLB vice president of on-field operations Bob Watson for "his aggressive actions during the bench-clearing incident and for the intentional actions of his pitcher Slaten after a warning had been issued earlier in the game." In addition to that punishment, Riggleman received a fine from former Nats manager and current MLB senior vice president of major-league operations Frank Robinson for his "inappropriate comments regarding the incident."
Discussing Wednesday night's events after the game, Riggleman said: "They made the decision to throw at Nyjer. They did. Then, the question is: Do we throw at them? I got some of my veteran players together. I said, 'It's your ballclub. If you want somebody getting thrown at, I'll order it right now.' And everybody said, 'Nah, it's over. It's over. They threw at him, and it's over.' That being the case, when they threw at him the second time, then it's not over."