Astros' Berkman faces suspension for post-ejection antics

HOUSTON -- A Major League Baseball official said Wednesday
that Astros first baseman Lance Berkman will be suspended for his
actions following his ejection from the previous day's game against

Lance Berkman


Bob Watson, baseball's vice president for discipline, said he is
trying to determine the length of Berkman's suspension.

"I am waiting on other input from those who were involved in
the game," Watson told Houston television station KRIV. "But his
infraction carries with it an automatic suspension."

Berkman was ejected in the eighth inning for arguing a third
strike. Afterward, he threw his batting glove and an equipment bag
onto the field from the dugout.

In the ninth inning, Berkman returned to the field when the
benches emptied after Rockies pitcher Manny Corpas hit Astros
outfielder Carlos Lee with a pitch. Watson said Berkman violated
the rules by returning and warned that "there will be

Watson said he expects to announce Berkman's suspension