Suspensions for Marlins, Nationals

Nyjer Morgan's wild week has landed him an eight-game suspension, one of nine punishments handed out Friday by Major League Baseball following a brawl between Washington Nationals and Florida Marlins.

MLB suspended the Nationals outfielder and fined him an undisclosed amount for three incidents over the past week. Friday’s penalty is in addition to a seven-game suspension he received Aug. 25 that is under appeal.

Six players, both managers and a coach were cited after a review of Wednesday night’s game in Miami. Florida pitcher Chris Volstad was suspended for six games, pitcher Alex Sanabia for five, first baseman Gaby Sanchez for three, and manager Edwin Rodriguez for one.

For Washington, pitcher Doug Slaten and third base coach Pat Listach were suspended for three games, and manager Jim Riggleman for two games. Listach’s ban was trimmed to two games after Washington asked MLB to review his actions.


Nationals rookie phenom Stephen Strasburg had reconstructive Tommy John elbow surgery that could keep him out of the starting rotation until the 2012 season. ... Former Mariners pitcher Cliff Lee returned to the Rangers after getting a cortisone shot for his ailing back. ... Cubs general manager Jim Hendry says he had lunch with Ryne Sandberg but did not formally interview the Hall of Fame second baseman from Spokane for the manager’s job. Sandberg is the manager of the Cubs’ Triple-A affiliate in Iowa. ... Mets ace Johan Santana remains day to day with a strained left pectoral muscle. ... Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto missed the game against the Cardinals to attend to what the team called a family emergency in the Dominican Republic. ... Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia had season-ending surgery for a broken bone in his left foot. ... Yankees star Alex Rodriguez confirmed Scott Boras is no longer his agent. Boras negotiated the $252 million, 10-year contract Rodriguez signed with the Rangers.