SAN DIEGO (AP) -Padres catcher Josh Bard had his three-game suspension trimmed to two by Major League Baseball, a team spokesman said Thursday.
Bard received the three-game suspension for a confrontation with umpires at Pittsburgh on May 31 after he hit what appeared to be a home run that was changed to a double. He appealed the original ruling.
Padres spokesman Warren Miller said he wasn't sure if Bard had an official hearing but the team received word Thursday that the punishment was reduced.
Bard began serving the suspension when the Padres hosted the Philadelphia Phillies in the opener of a four-game series Thursday night. Utilityman Geoff Blum will serve as San Diego's backup catcher.
Bard, who is hitting .260 with three home runs and 23 RBIs, has been relegated to a reserve role since San Diego acquired catcher Michael Barrett in a trade with the Chicago Cubs on June 20.

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