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Hansel Robles suspension reduced to two games

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- New York Mets reliever Hansel Robles had his suspension reduced from three to two games Wednesday as part of a negotiated settlement.

Robles will miss the opening two games of the season, at Kansas City. The Mets will play with a 24-man roster those days.

Robles had been handed the suspension for throwing in the direction of the head of Philadelphia's Cameron Rupp with a quick pitch on Sept. 30. He appealed, keeping him eligible for the remainder of last season.

Robles' availability for those two games in Kansas City is not a major deal, as the bullpen will be fresh at the start of the season. The Mets also have three days off during the opening week of the season.