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Brewers' Will Smith has suspension reduced to six games

Brewers' Will Smith has suspension reduced to six games
Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Will Smith pitches in the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves on May 23. Smith's eight-game suspension for having a foreign substance on his arm during a game has been reduced to six. (Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images)

Milwaukee Brewers left-hander Will Smith's suspension for using a foreign substance on his arm has been reduced from eight games to six.

Major League Baseball announced the decision on Friday, and Smith started serving the suspension when the Brewers opened a series in Minnesota against the Twins.

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"I think it's probably what we expected," Manager Craig Counsell said. "We kind of hoped going through the process that he was able to get it knocked down a little bit."

Smith fared better in his appeal than Orioles reliever Brian Matusz, whose eight-game suspension for the same infraction was upheld Friday.

Smith was initially suspended eight games after umpires found a substance on his arm during a relief appearance against the Atlanta Braves on May 21. Smith was ejected and said at the time he forgot to wipe the substance off after being rushed into the game.

He had a hearing on Monday.

"It's been kind of drawn out. It feels like a long time ago when it happened now," Counsell said. "We've been kind of waiting. … But it got reduced. It's six games and we'll have him back on the homestand." Smith is 1-0 with a 1.83 ERA in 25 appearances this season.

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The Atlanta Braves designated outfielder Eric Young Jr. for assignment. ... The New York Mets placed infielder Daniel Murphy on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left quadriceps. ... The Cincinnati Reds put starter Raisel Iglesias on the 15-day disabled list with a strained oblique.

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