Casey drops appeal of suspension

Casey drops appeal of suspension

BOSTON -- Red Sox first baseman Sean Casey dropped the appeal of his three-game suspension and began serving it on Monday against the D-backs.

Casey will sit out the series with Arizona due to his involvement in Boston's June 5 fracas with Tampa Bay at Fenway Park. After Coco Crisp was hit by a James Shields pitch in the second inning, a retaliatory effort from the previous game, a benches-clearing fracas ensued. Crisp, Shields and Rays designated hitter Jonny Gomes were ejected from the contest.

Crisp received a seven-game suspension for his involvement and immediately appealed. There was a hearing for his appeal on Monday, but no decision was made on the outcome.

Crisp admitted it was his first appeal hearing and didn't know what to expect, but he thought the meeting went well. He thought it would be a few days before he hears the results of the meeting.

Crisp said Bob Watson, Major League Baseball's vice president of rules and on-field operations, among others met in Boston for the hearing.

Jon Lester, who started for the Red Sox in that game, earned a five-game suspension from the league and immediately served it.

Five Rays were given suspensions as a result of the fracas, with Shields' six games being the longest.

Mark Remme is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.