According to ESPN's Jeff Passan, Oakland Athletics outfielder Ramon Laureano's six-game suspension has been reduced to four games. His suspension will start being served on Friday and will last through Monday.
Oakland A's outfielder Ramon Laureano had his suspension for charging at the Houston Astros' bench reduced from six games to four, sources tell ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 14, 2020
Laureano will drop his appeal and his suspension will start tonight and go through Monday. He won't miss any in-division games.
During the Houston Astros' matchup against the Oakland Athletics on Sunday, Laureano charged Houston's dugout after being hit by a pitch in two straight plate appearances. Laureano's charge toward the Astros dugout caused the benches to clear, and Major League Baseball wasn't too happy about it.
Laureano charges the Astros dugout and the brawl breaks out pic.twitter.com/CQ2K8kFnlb— A's on NBCS (@NBCSAthletics) August 9, 2020
Houston's hitting coach Alex Cintron, who is seen in the above video goading Laureano, was suspended 20 games for his role in the fight.
MLB is trying to prevent these types of situations from happening due to the coronavirus pandemic, so it's not surprising that both Laureano and Cintron will miss some time. Oakland certainly will miss its centerfielder this weekend. In 19 games, Laureano was averaging .262 at the plate with 12 RBI, three home runs and an .859 OPS.
Robbie Grossman, Tony Kemp, Mark Canha and Chad Pinder all are options to replace Laureano in the outfield.
The Athletics begin a three-game series against the San Francisco Giants on Friday before taking on the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday.