MLB Makes Big Decision On Bryan Abreu's Suspension

The Houston Astros got some good news and bad news from MLB today on their appeal of key reliever Bryan Abreu's two-game suspension. But honestly, all they cared about was the good news. The league office has upheld the ban, but it won't have to be served until the start of the 2024 season. 

And yes, that means Abreu will be available for Monday night's Game 7. 

Abreu plunked the Texas Rangers' Adolis Garcia a couple of innings after he had blasted a massive 3-run homer off Astros' starter Justin Verlander to take the lead, then pimped it rounding the bases. 

MLB deemed the beaning "intentional", though the Astros somehow continued to argue it wasn't.  

Abreu, García and Houston manager Dusty Baker were all ejected. The Astros went on to win Game Five 5-4. 

Because the suspension was held in abeyance during the appeal process, Abreu was available to pitch in Game 6 on Sunday. And guess who he faced in the 8th inning? 

This time, Abreu struck out Garcia, with no further incident. 

Game 7 is Monday night, and only one of these combatants will be moving on to the World Series.  

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