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Hansel Robles to appeal suspension, remain active

NEW YORK -- Right-handed reliever Hansel Robles will appeal the three-game suspension handed down by Major League Baseball, which should keep him eligible for the remainder of the New York Mets' regular season.

MLB ruled that Robles "intentionally" threw a baseball in the direction of Philadelphia Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp's head after warnings had been issued to both teams on Wednesday.

After the appeal process is complete, no portion of the suspension would be served during the postseason. Instead, it would carry over to 2016.

Manager Terry Collins applauded Robles' decision to appeal.

Collins said plate umpire Bob Davidson was justified in ejecting Robles on Wednesday because the pitch was close to Rupp's head after warnings had been issued. But the manager suggested there was no intent behind Robles' pitch, since Logan Verrett had plunked Odubel Herrera an inning earlier in response to Yoenis Cespedes and Kirk Nieuwenhuis getting hit by pitches. Collins also objected to MLB suspending Robles without first speaking to the pitcher.

"Obviously, after a warning, and then they eject somebody, I knew somebody was going to get suspended," Collins said. "I figured that might come down. Do I think he threw at him? Absolutely not. First of all, there was absolutely no reason to -- or was there anybody involved in the last time this happened (when Robles quick-pitched Darin Ruf in August).

"Now, I will tell you, if there was a reason we needed to retaliate for something, I get it. We already did that. That was already done. So I didn't think anything else should have been necessary. So I don't blame [Robles]. That's what he's saying. 'It got away from me. Period.' I'm not surprised he's appealing."