Cubs P Tepera’s suspension reduced to 2 games


CHICAGO — Cubs reliever Ryan Tepera has had his three-game suspension for throwing at Milwaukee‘s Brandon Woodruff reduced to two games.

Tepera began his suspension with Sunday’s series finale against the Brewers. The Cubs begin a four-game series at Atlanta on Monday night.

Tepera also was fined by MLB senior vice president for on-field operations Michael Hill. He appealed the discipline to MLB special adviser John McHale Jr.

The 33-year-old Tepera threw a pitch behind Woodruff in the fifth inning of Chicago’s 3-2 victory at Milwaukee on April 13. Cubs catcher Willson Contreras had been plunked earlier in the game, and Tepera said he wanted to send a message because he felt his team had been hit too often in the past couple of years.

The right-hander has a 5.19 ERA in nine relief appearances for the Cubs this season.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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