Lackey drops appeal of suspension

Originally Published: June 22, 2004
Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Anaheim Angels pitcher John Lackey dropped his appeal of a five-game suspension he received from the commissioner's office and began serving the penalty Tuesday night.

Lackey was fined and suspended for throwing consecutive brushback pitches at Toronto's Simon Pond on May 24 after three of his teammates got hit by pitches earlier in the game.

Lackey, who beat the Oakland Athletics 10-3 Monday night for his second victory in eight starts, wasn't scheduled to pitch again until Sunday. He was pushed back a day by manager Mike Scioscia because right-hander Aaron Sele is scheduled to come off the disabled list to start Saturday.

"It's in the best interests of the team. That's the bottom line," Lackey said. "With Sele coming off the DL and this situation coming up, it was just a good time to get it over with and out of the way so we don't have it hanging over our heads for a while. I didn't feel like I deserved to be suspended in the first place, but this is just a good way to get it out of the way and move on with the season."

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