Morgan’s suspension shortened to eight games

On Friday, Nyjer Morgan will begin an eight-game suspension for three incidents at the end of last month and the beginning of September - running into Cardinals catcher Bryan Anderson on August 28; using foul language in Florida on August 31; and charging the mound in a brawl on September 1.

His suspension for throwing a ball into the stands in Philadelphia on August 21, however, was dropped by MLB, according to a source familiar with the situation.

Morgan had originally been scheduled to serve seven games for that incident, but after meeting for 4 1/2 hours last Friday with Bob Watson, MLB’s vice president of rules and on-field operations, he was able to get that suspension dropped.

Since the incident, several fans had said Morgan didn’t intend to hit anyone with his throw in Philadelphia last month.

Without their center fielder, the Nationals will likely give more time to Justin Maxwell in Morgan’s spot and might also use Roger Bernadina there.

Morgan’s production has dropped sharply since last season; he is hitting .258 with just a .318 on-base percentage, and leads the league with the 17 times he’s been caught stealing.