Heyman | MLB reduces Bryce Harper's suspension to three games

Posted June 01, 2017

A source confirms to ESPN that Harper's four-game ban has been reduced to three, which the Nationals outfielder will begin serving on Wednesday night.

Washington Nationals' Daniel Murphy (20) tries to restrain teammate Bryce Harper (34) after Harper charged San Francisco Giants' Hunter Strickland after being hit with a pitch in the eighth inning of a baseball game Monday, May 2. In handing the Giants' Strickland a suspension of six games for intentionally hitting Harper, inciting an incident that caused the benches to clear and fighting, Major League Baseball set a very clear message that Strickland was more to blame for inciting the brawl that included both he and Harper exchanging punches.

A ruling on Strickland's appeal of his six-game suspension has not yet been made.

Harper has yet to serve any of the suspension after playing Tuesday night while appealing the decision. It's just insane that it even happened yesterday.

"I wasn't going up there thinking about it", Harper said after Monday's game.

Both Bryce Harper and Hunter Strickland were suspended and fined for fighting on Monday
Both Bryce Harper and Hunter Strickland were suspended and fined for fighting on Monday

"I'm obviously not thrilled about (the suspension)". After three years, to do that, I don't know what was going through his mind or how upset he was the past couple of years. "Whatever they ultimately decide, I'll own it and take the responsibility".

Harper, who is tied for the National League lead with 15 home runs and has a.322 average and 41 RBIs, will be eligible to return Sunday as the Nationals finish off a series at Oakland. "If he did have a problem, he could have talked to me about it".

Strickland said he was only trying to pitch inside, not trying to hit Harper.

The lack of reaction evoked plenty of commentary on social media, which Posey declined to discuss publicly.

"This is why we don't have our pitchers throw at guys or start things, because that's what the other team would do too, " Bochy said.