PHOENIX -- St. Louis catcher Mike Matheny's suspension has
been reduced from three games to two after negotiations between the
players' association and major league baseball.
The Cardinals also learned Friday that second baseman Fernando
Vina will sit out Saturday's game in a one-game penalty for his
run-in with plate umpire Matt Hollowell on Wednesday.
Bob Watson, baseball's vice president for discipline, initially
gave Matheny a three-game suspension for making contact with umpire
Jerry Crawford last Saturday in a game at Houston.
Matheny, who felt the penalty was undeserved, accepted the
reduced suspension because, he said, he probably wouldn't get any
better conclusion had he appealed.
He sat out Friday night's game against Arizona and will miss
Saturday's game. Matheny, who could tie a major league record for
catchers with a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in a single
season, will play Sunday against the Diamondbacks.
Vina had to be pulled away by manager Tony La Russa after
Hollowell ejected him for arguing a called third strike in the
eighth inning of Wednesday's 8-4 victory at Milwaukee.
La Russa began serving a two-game suspension Friday night for
remarks he made about the umpiring following last Saturday's game.
He also will miss Saturday's game.
On Sunday, pitching coach Dave Duncan will serve the one-game
suspension he received for the same contest.