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.
August 27, 2010; 6:04 PM ET
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