February 24, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) The suspension of New York Mets reliever Hansel Robles has been cut from three games to two after he agreed to drop his appeal.

Robles will miss the first two games of the season. He was penalized for throwing near the head of a Philadelphia batter Sept. 30 after both teams had been warned. Robles and Mets manager Terry Collins were ejected in the sixth inning of a 7-5 loss to the Phillies.

Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes left the game in the third inning with bruises on two fingers of his left hand after he was hit by a pitch from Justin De Fratus. Cespedes' replacement, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, was hit by Adam Loewen leading off the fifth, and Odubel Herrera of the Phillies was plunked in the back by Logan Verrett in the bottom half. Both teams were then warned.

Robles called his pitch to Cameron Rupp ''a fastball that got away.''

Major League Baseball announced the reduced penalty Wednesday.

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