Vina hit with one-game suspension

Updated: September 27, 2003, 2:20 AM ET
Associated Press

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.

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