Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly nearly hit two Houston Astros players in the sixth inning of Tuesday night’s game, and Major League Baseball was quick to punish him for it.
The MLB announced Wednesday it had suspended the former Red Sox pitcher eight games for his actions against the Astros. Eight games in this shortened 60-game season is equivalent to a 22-game suspension in a normal 162-game season. Kelly will appeal the suspension, per the Dodgers. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts also was suspended one game.
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After Kelly struck out Astros shortstop Carlos Correa — who he almost hit in the head with a pitch — to end the sixth inning, the two players exchanged words and teammates from both dugouts quickly went on the field.