New York Yankees All-Star catcher Gary Sanchez had his suspensions reduced from four games to three and he began serving it Monday, a team spokesman said Monday.
Sanchez will miss the team’s three-game series against the Orioles in Baltimore, and will be eligible to return on Friday when the Yankees begin a three-game series at the Texas Rangers.
Sanchez was suspended after landing punches on multiple Detroit Tigers players during a benches-clearing brawl on Aug. 24. He had continued playing while awaiting the ruling of his appeal.
He was also widely criticized for punching Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera while he was on the ground and Nicholas Castellanos when he was defenseless.
“I want to apologize for my actions during the last Detroit Tigers series,” Sanchez said in a statement released on his Facebook page. “The heat of the moment and my desire to protect my teammates led me to commit some errors during the brawl. It’s an incident I regret and from which I have learned. I know to some these may be mere words, but they are words that I feel the need to express, because I sincerely feel this way, and for respect to you, the fans, the Yankees organization, the Detroit Tigers and the game of Baseball. #ElGary”
Sanchez, 24, is hitting .276 with 28 home runs and 79 RBIs in 103 games this season.