NEW YORK — Bryce Harper has been suspended one game and fined by Major League Baseball for his behavior following an ejection this week.
The commissioner’s office says Wednesday that Harper has decided to appeal the penalty, so he remains eligible to play until the process is finished. Last year’s NL MVP is in the Washington Nationals’ lineup Wednesday night against the Detroit Tigers.
During the bottom of the ninth inning of Washington’s 5-4 victory over Detroit on Monday night, Harper was in the dugout when he was ejected by plate umpire Brian Knight after Nationals batter Danny Espinosa was called out on strikes.
When someone is tossed from a game in the majors, he is required to leave the dugout.
Moments after the ejection, pinch-hitter Clint Robinson connected for a game-winning home run, and Harper ran onto the field with his teammates to celebrate. Harper pointed toward Knight and cursed at the umpire.