Astros lose second lefty reliever to the injured list

Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
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Houston Astros, Hector Neris
Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /

Following ejections Monday, Astros’ staff received fines, while Hector Neris and manager Dusty Baker were suspended.

The benches cleared Monday when Hector Neris hit Ty France in the back with a fastball in the top of the ninth inning. With warnings and ejections handed out, Hector Neris followed with his own ejection after throwing behind Eugenio Suarez, leading to Baker’s ejection, too, by rule.

Punishments were handed out before Tuesday’s contest. Baker, Joe Espada, Omar Lopez, Troy Snitker and Mariners’ manager Scott Servais received undisclosed fines from Major League Baseball, while Espada picked up managerial duties with Baker suspended Tuesday.

Neris received a four-game suspension by Major League Baseball but has appealed it, according to multiple reports. After pitching two games in a row, the righty may not pitch Tuesday but is the bullpen for Houston.

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