The three-game penalty for the Cuban flamethrower Aroldis Chapman, closer of the New York Yankees, for throwing near the head of Mike Brosseau of the Tampa Bay Rays it was reduced to just two, after the pitcher appealed the penalty.
Major League Baseball announced the outcome of the appeal Thursday night.
Chapman will serve the suspension at the start of next season, a pair of games without pay, as established.
Chapman threw a 101-mile fastball close to Brosseau’s head on his first pitch in the pinch-hitter turn with two outs in the ninth inning of a 5-3 win over the Rays on Sept. 1.
Chapman struck out Brosseau to end the game and the Rays player began walking toward his dugout before turning and exchanging words with a member of the Yankees.
Both benches were cleared and the players gathered near home plate, but most kept their distance before dispersing to their locker rooms.