Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper (34) charges San Francisco Giants' Hunter Strickland after being hit with a pitch in the eighth inning of a baseball game Monday, May 29, 2017, in San Francisco. After being hit in the hip by a pitch from Giants' reliever Will Strickland, Harper charged the mound and a brawl ensued.
Harper reportedly will begin serving his suspension Wednesday night when the Nationals again face the Giants, making him eligible to return Sunday when Washington wraps up a three-game series against the Athletics in Oakland.
Both players appealed the punishment in hopes of getting it reduced and will be allowed to play until the case is resolved.
Each player also was fined an undisclosed amount. But when one considers Strickland's normal workload - at most, he probably would pitch in three or four of those six games - compared with Harper's, the relative severity flips. "Whatever they say goes and I'm just going to worry about the four games I got and see what I can do". He went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts, booed vociferously by the crowd at AT&T Park every time he stepped to the plate. Harper, the 2015 NL MVP, leads the Nationals with 15 home runs, 41 RBI and 44 runs scored. 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.
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Giants teammates Michael Morse and Jeff Samardzija collided hard as they tried to get between the two fighters, and Harper said it could have been more serious if that hadn't happened.
Harper has been slumping over the last two weeks.
"I talked to Buster, and I don't think he needs to explain it, " Strickland said.
"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.