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Nyjer Morgan's suspension hearing set

Nyjer Morgan's hearing to appeal the seven-game suspension handed down by MLB will take place Sept. 7. He is out of the lineup tonight only because Manager Jim Riggleman wanted Justin Maxwell to face Cardinals starter Jamie Garcia, a tough left-hander, rather than Morgan.

MLB fined and suspended Morgan for what it deemed his "inappropriate actions" Saturday night in Philadelphia. A league official said Morgan exchanged an "ongoing dialogue" with one fan and then, at the start of the bottom of the eighth inning, threw a ball in the stands and struck a fan. The league was notified about the event because security at Citizens Bank Ballpark became involved and filed a report.

One fan sitting in center field who witnessed the throw in question said Morgan made a "rainbow-style" toss to a young kid and happened to overthrow his intended target. The fan, Adam Holman of Marlton, N.J., said Morgan had been playful, not malicious, with hecklers.

Since Morgan's hearing will not take place Sept. 7, Morgan will be available until at least that date.

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 27, 2010; 6:04 PM ET
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Overthrows a kid in the stand and hits another fan. The Nats are really not good are they???

Posted by: charley42 | August 28, 2010 3:07 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like Nyjer is being screwed to me. The kid in question, said he was being playful..and tossed a ball into stands (what players do all the time). Maybe the kid missed the ball and another Philly fan cant catch either. Rainbow style toss...

Posted by: elsshoe | August 28, 2010 7:50 AM | Report abuse

If tossing a ball to a kid in the stands rates a suspension, AAA ball will be emptied out to fill the big league spots. MLB is run by idiots.

Posted by: pjohn2 | August 28, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

even as a nats fan...this is just the one point of view .. there are other people that espn has reported that said he purposely threw the ball at this fan because he was being heckled.. also they said later he mocked the fan who got hit towards the end of the game..this article makes it seem like he is so innocent when on a lot of other articles ive read he sounds guilty of this accusation

Posted by: dum3323p | August 28, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

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