PITTSBURGH (AP) -The suspension of Pirates closer Matt Capps was cut from four games to three on Monday.
Capps, who hit Milwaukee's Prince Fielder with a pitch on May 5, will sit out the Pirates' three-game series at the Seattle Mariners, which starts Tuesday. Left-hander Damaso Marte or right-hander Shawn Chacon are expected to cover any save opportunities Capps misses.
Fielder was hit in his upper right arm by a Capps pitch immediately after the Brewers' J.J. Hardy hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning of Milwaukee's 6-3 victory. Capps was ejected by plate umpire Alfonso Marquez and was suspended two days later.
The players' association filed an appeal and a hearing was held June 8 before John McHale Jr., baseball's executive vice president for administration.
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