ARLINGTON -- After going through the appeal process, Keon Broxton's two-game suspension was reduced to one, and he'll serve the punishment during the Mariners' series finale against the Rangers on Sunday.
Broxton initially received the suspension and an undisclosed fine after hitting home-plate umpire Manny Gonzalez with a batting glove after being called out on strikes in Monday's 5-4 loss to the Yankees. Broxton took responsibility for the incident and said at that time that he intended to apologize to the umpire, but he also expressed surprise that there was a suspension tied to the incident.
The brief altercation was certainly bizarre in nature. After he was called out on strikes, Broxton threw his bat aside, knocked his batting helmet off his head and tossed one of his batting gloves over his shoulder. The glove grazed Gonzalez's face, which led to an ejection.
Broxton's absence in Arlington will not thin out the bench much, considering that clubs can expand rosters on Sunday. Four players are currently with the Mariners in Texas and are expected to be activated: relievers Austin Adams, Dan Altavilla and Brandon Brennan and outfielder Braden Bishop. Broxton will essentially be swapped for Bishop, so the Mariners are covered there.
However, shortstop J.P. Crawford was sidelined on Saturday with a sore right hamstring and may need more than one day's rest, which could leave Seattle thin while it wraps up its four-game series in Arlington.
Crawford was going to get a day off at some point during the extended series, but his hamstring issue, which crept up on him in the opener Thursday, highlighted the need to give him a rest.
"He'll get treatment today,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "I don't think it's anything big, but we don't want to lose him for any extended period."
Fraley off for "personal reasons"
Rookie center fielder Jake Fraley was off on Saturday for personal reasons, and while the club declined further comment, it's likely that Fraley left the club to attend the funerals of the family members of Rays pitching prospect Blake Bivens.
Bivens' wife, son and mother-in-law were murdered in a domestic incident in Virginia last Tuesday. Funerals for all three were scheduled for Saturday afternoon in Danville, Va.
Fraley and Bivens are close friends and former Minor League teammates, and their wives were very close as well. Fraley played with Bivens last season with the Rays' Class A Advanced Charlotte club before he was traded to the Mariners last winter.