Joe Kelly Begins Suspension In Epic Fashion

Jim Monaghan
Content Coordinator

Photo courtesy of USA Today
Major League Baseball announced on Thursday that Joe Kelly's appeal to reduce six-game suspension for his fight with Tyler Austin (pictured) April 11th against the Yankees was denied. Kelly was not amused.

The players exchanged several punches before both benches and bullpens rushed to the field. In addition to their game suspensions, both we fined undisclosed amounts.

Speaking publicly, Kelly said, ""It's disappointing. Suspensions are always not fun. We're going to have to play a guy down for six games, so like I said, it's disappointing. It is what it is and I'll get six games, and that's how it goes."

His Yankee counterpart Austin saw his own suspension reduced from five to four games.

Kelly took to Twitter to vent his frustration and did it in stellar fashion.

You might not be able to by dinner for Joe Kelly, but you can contribute to the JK56 COME ON! Challenge charity he and his wife started in the wake of the on-field brawl. #JK56COMEONchallenge

Click here for details on the charity whose goal is to stop human trafficking.

Kelly will begin his suspension with Friday's game against the Rays at Fenway Park.

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