Nationals Pitcher Nolin, Manager Martinez blocked for HBP | Sports news


NEW YORK (AP) – Major League Baseball banned the Washington Nationals, who started pitcher Sean Nolin for five games on Friday for deliberately beating the Atlanta Braves’ first baseman, Freddie Freeman.

Nolin, who was also fined in an unknown amount, appeals the suspension and can continue to play until a final decision is made.

The league also suspended Nationals manager Dave Martinez from a game and fined him an unknown amount. Martinez served the suspension in the game on Friday night in Pittsburgh. Substitute coach Tim Bogar will lead the team instead of Martinez.

Nolin was thrown in the first inning on Wednesday after knocking Freeman behind and then hitting him in a 4-2 Nationals win. Nolin toppled Freeman the day after Atlanta closer Will Smith met Washington star Juan Soto.

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