Thursday October 1st, 2015

Mets reliever Hansel Robles was suspended three games on Thursday for throwing near the head of the Phillies’ Cameron Rupp on Wednesday. He was also fined an undisclosed amount.

MLB’s explanation of the suspension said Robles “intentionally” threw at Rupp during the sixth inning of Philadelphia's 7–5 loss. Earlier, Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes left the game with bruises on two fingers of his left hand after he was hit by a pitch. His replacement, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, was also hit, as was the Phillies’ Odubel Herrera, after which point both teams were warned.

Robles and Mets manager Terry Collins were ejected after the close pitch to Rupp, which prompted the dugouts to empty but no physical exchanges.

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Unless Robles appeals, the suspension will begin Friday when the Mets begin a three-game series against the Nationals at Citi Field. His eligibility for the postseason would not be effected; instead, it would roll over to next season if necessary.

The Mets, 89-70 after losing their third straight to the Phillies on Thursday, have clinched the National League East.

In his first major-league season, Robles is 4–3 with a 3.57 ERA over 56 games and 53 innings pitched.

Mike Fiammetta

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