Houston Astros catcher Dustin Garneau (13) attempts to stop Oakland Athletics right fielder Ramon Laureano (22) during the seventh inning at the Oakland Coliseum. Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

A's Ramon Laureano has suspension reduced to four games

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. 

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.   

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. 

Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. Although many think Boston sports fans are insufferable, Erin tries to see things from a neutral perspective. Her passion is hockey, and she believes defense wins championships. In addition to covering sports for Yardbarker, she covers Boston sports for NBC Sports Boston. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90

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