After more than week of waiting, the Yankees finally know the fate of Tyler Austin‘s suspension. His appeal reduced the penalty from five games to four, and he will begin to serve that suspension during Friday’s series opener in Anaheim. This news was first reported by the New York Post’s Joel Sherman.
The suspension was originally handed out after Austin took exception to getting drilled by a Joe Kelly fastball, presumably as revenge for a slide where Austin’s spikes hit Brock Holt‘s ankle. He charged the mound, and also threw punches before the Yankees and Red Sox were separated.
His suspension was announced the following day, but he had been allowed to play through his appeal. Kelly was suspended six games for the incident, though the league denied his appeal and he will serve the full penalty.
Austin has been a savior for the Yankees with Greg Bird‘s injury and Neil Walker‘s ineffectiveness. Through 17 games, Austin has slashed .290/.362/.629 with five home runs and 16 RBIs for a team desperate for first base production. He has been sure-handed in the field, too, making just one error in 110 total chances.
With Austin out the next four games, the Yankees will get creative at first base. They must play with a 24-man roster because of the suspension rules. Walker will likely see the most time at first, though Aaron Boone did mention Miguel Andújar and Austin Romine as other candidates to get time there.