Morgan gets new hearing date; Listach gets three-game suspension
Nationals center fielder Nyjer Morgan has received word that his hearing with the league office has been pushed back from Tuesday to next Friday, according to a baseball source. The hearing will take place hours before the Nationals play the Marlins.
Morgan is currently appealing a seven-game suspension for hitting a fan with a thrown ball at Citizens Bank Park. He most likely will talk to the league office about the fracas with the Marlins during a 16-10 loss on Wednesday night.
Morgan charged the mound in the sixth inning and threw a punch at Marlins right-hander Chris Volstad, who threw a pitch behind the left-handed hitter. It marked the second time Volstad threw a pitch at Morgan. Two innings earlier, Volstad hit Morgan in the lower back. Morgan went on to steal two bases in the inning even though Washington was down, 14-3.
The Marlins had a problem with Morgan dating back to Tuesday’s game, when he barreled into catcher Brett Hayes, who suffered a separated shoulder on the play.
In other news, Nationals third-base coach Pat Listach received a three-game suspension for his involvement in the brawl between the Nationals and the Marlins, according to another baseball source.
The video showed Listch going into the pile trying to protect Morgan. Listach didn’t return a phone message.