HOUSTON (AP) -San Diego Padres catcher Michael Barrett dropped his appeal and decided to serve his one-game suspension Friday, sitting out the team's game against the Houston Astros.
The suspension stemmed from his ejection July 22 for arguing a third strike with home plate umpire Chris Guccione. Barrett, who was acquired in a trade with the Cubs in exchange for catcher Rob Bowen and minor league outfielder Kyler Burke June 20, has hit .263 in 23 games with San Diego.
``There's no good time but we've got to do it some time,'' manager Bud Black said. ``We didn't want to wait and have this thing drag out.''
Josh Bard replaced Barrett in the starting lineup Friday.

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