Is it possible that MLB has found something of a mitigating nature in their investigation of Nyjer Morgan's suspension-related activities?
I'm hard-pressed to come up with a reason why it's taking so long to make a ruling.
The first suspension, related to his hitting a fan with a tossed ball the last time the Nats were in Philly, could disappear if the affidavits of some Phillies' fans who witnessed the incident are taken seriously. They claim that Nyjer's toss was underhanded and clearly not intended to injure anyone - the same as countless other players who toss baseballs to the fans after warming up, or at the conclusion of an inning.
The Florida affair, in which Nyjer charged the mound after being thrown behind by Chris Volstad, produced an eight-game suspension, but in my opinion, if Frank Robinson is involved in the investigation, he may very well say he would've done the same thing as Nyjer did. Hit me once, okay. Throw behind me the next time, let's dance.
Tomorrow's day off may produce a ruling, just prior to the Nationals' return to Citizen's Bank Park. I still believe the final ruling will be far less than 15 games, perhaps as few as 4 or 5.
I'm not betting the ranch on that, however.