Royals' Edinson Volquez drops appeal, starts 5-game ban
CLEVELAND (AP) - Kansas City Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez has dropped his appeal of a five-game suspension for his involvement in a brawl with the Chicago White Sox last week.
Volquez was to start serving his suspension against Cleveland on Monday night.
He is among four Royals players suspended for their actions in the fight last Thursday. Pitcher Yordano Ventura was given a seven-game penalty, and outfielder Lorenzo Cain and reliever Kelvin Herrera received two-game bans. All the players initially appealed.
Chicago pitchers Chris Sale and Jeff Samardzjia were each suspended five games.
Herrera also was suspended five games for throwing behind Oakand's Brett Lawrie on April 19.