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Houston Astros’ Hector Neris begins serving 3-game suspension

Jun 6, 2022; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Astros relief pitcher Hector Neris (50) and manager Dusty Baker Jr. (12) walk off the field after being ejected during the ninth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros right-handed pitcher Hector Neris is beginning a three-game suspension Tuesday night against the Texas Rangers, the team said.

Neris initially was suspended for four games following a incident against the Seattle Mariners on June 6 but he appealed and the penalty was reduced to three games.

Neris was suspended after he intentionally threw a pitch near the head of Eugenio Suarez of the Mariners. The pitch came two batters after Neris allowed a two-run homer to Julio Rodriguez.

Earlier in the inning, Neris plunked Seattle’s Ty France in the back with the pitch.

After France was hit, Seattle manager Scott Servais left the dugout and Mariners players followed him as both benches cleared. The umpires ejected Servais and issued warnings to both teams.

Neris has a disciplinary history with the league. A similar incident occurred when he played for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2019, when he plunked David Freese of the Los Angeles Dodgers and was suspended three games.

Neris, who turned 33 on Tuesday, is in his first season in Houston after playing parts of eight seasons with Philadelphia. In 29 relief appearances this year, he is 1-3 with a 3.76 ERA.

–Field Level Media