Houston Astros RHB Hector Neres’ ban reduced to three games

ARLINGTON, Texas – Houston Astros right-hander Hector Neres began serving a reduced suspension Tuesday night, a week after he was ejected from a game in which he crushed one of the Seattle Mariners’ kicks and nearly hit another in the head.

Neres was initially suspended four games by Major League Baseball for his actions in the June 6 game against the Mariners. The deliverer appealed, and the settlement reduced discipline to three matches without the case going to a hearing.

The Astros are not allowed to replace Neris on the active roster during his suspension, which began with their game against the Texas Rangers. The bowler, who has played 29 MLS games at the highest level in the MLS, will return to his position ahead of Saturday’s home game against the Chicago White Sox.

Astros manager Dusty Becker, who was also kicked out of that game against the Mariners, suspended one game last week. Baker and Neres were also fined an undisclosed amount.

The MLB also fined Astros coaches Joe Espada, Omar Lopez and Troy Snicker, as well as Mariners coach Scott Service.

In the 9th inning of June 6, Neres hit Ty France with a pitch that almost went behind the right hitter. Servis started screaming off the bench, then led his team onto the field to face the Astros near the home plate. Servis and Becker pushed and pushed, while Service repeatedly referred to Lopez, the Astros’ first base coach. Both Servais and Lopez were fired after the altercation.

The referees warned both teams after the altercation. Then Neres threw a ball behind Eugenio Suarez’s head. This led to an automatic expulsion of Neres and Baker, who denied that Neres intentionally threw at either player.

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