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Mesa Gets Two-Game Suspension

August 27, 2001

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Philadelphia Phillies closer Jose Mesa was suspended two games on Monday for throwing at St. Louis’ Jim Edmonds last week.

Mesa will miss games against the New York Mets on Tuesday and Wednesday. He is eligible to play Monday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

``They have to do what they feel is right,″ Phillies manager Larry Bowa said.

Mesa would not comment on the suspension.

He was ejected in the eighth inning of a 9-0 loss at St. Louis on Aug. 19, after throwing a pitch behind Edmonds’ head and then hitting Edmonds in the back on a 1-2 pitch following a warning.

Mesa, signed as a free agent from Seattle in the off-season, has 33 saves in 35 chances, the third-best save percentage in the majors. He hasn’t allowed an earned run since June 28.

Philadelphia, which entered Monday night’s game 1 1/2 games behind first-place Atlanta in the NL East, has had bullpen problems lately. Since the All-Star break, the relievers are 2-13.

``I don’t know who is going to close,″ Bowa said.

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