Major League Baseball announced tonight that Washington Nationals outfielder Nyjer Morgan was suspended seven games for throwing a ball into the crowd and hitting a patron in the middle of the ninth inning in Saturday night's game in Philadelphia.

Morgan was to begin the suspension with tonight's game, but has appealed the decision.  He will be eligible to play pending a hearing.

Morgan, 29, is hitting 261/.318/.325 in 109 games with the Nats this season.  He has stolen 31 bases and has leads the National League being caught 14 times.