MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers expect reliever Will Smith to have his appeal of an eight-game suspension on Monday, when Major League Baseball officials will meet in person with the left-hander in St. Louis.
The league levied its ban after Smith was ejected on May 21 for pitching against the Braves with a foreign substance -- Smith said it was a mixture of rosin and sunscreen -- on his right forearm. The best Smith can hope for, Brewers manager Craig Counsell has conceded, is a reduction of the suspension.
"You just hope you get information out of [the Monday meeting with MLB]," Counsell said. "We're going to have to be flexible."
When MLB announces a result of the appeal, the Brewers will have to play with 24 active players. Neal Cotts, who entered Saturday with a 5.49 ERA but had held left-handers to a .179 batting average, would be the only left-hander in the bullpen while Smith is suspended.
"We're just going to be day-to-day until we know," Counsell said. "We''ll have to figure out where we're at as a staff, as a position player group. The health changes every day, so we have to be flexible."
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