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Phillies fan says Nyjer Morgan was only being playful in incident that landed him a seven-game suspension

This is interesting.

Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post received an e-mail from a Phillies fan Thursday who was sitting in the Citizens Bank Park center field stands last week when Nationals outfielder Nyjer Morgan supposedly hit a man in the head with a thrown ball.

Morgan was suspended seven games by Major League Baseball on Wednesday for that incident. He has since appealed, and it sounds like he might have a case.

Kilgore was told by the e-mailer that Morgan was only being playful with the Phillies faithful in center field that night and that the thrown ball that hit a fan had a harmless “rainbow-style” arc. The only reason it struck the man was because he was looking the other way.

Morgan, according to the e-mailer, intended for the ball to land in the hands of a 12-year-old boy who was sitting nearby. Perhaps this entire situation and the subsequent punishment deserves another look by the MLB commissioner’s office.