Thursday, June 12, 2008

Matt Kemp's Suspension Reduced for Dodgers

The suspension handed down to Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp has been reduced from four games to two, for his part in inciting a brawl against the Rockies last week. No decision has been reached on Rockies catcher Yorvit Torrealba's three-game suspension for his role in the fight, but presumably it will be reduced to one or two games.

Kemp will serve his suspension today and tomorrow, during which time third base coaches and baserunners for the Padres and Tigers will get to enjoy Juan Pierre's terrible arm in center field.

The Dodgers face Padres right-handed ace Jake Peavy today so its possible the right-hitting Kemp would not have played anyway. In two games against Peavy this year, Kemp has not been in the starting lineup, but that was before Andruw Jones' injury left Pierre as the backup center fielder.