Astros' Berkman faces suspension for post-ejection antics

Updated: June 6, 2007, 9:37 PM ET
Associated Press

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 Colorado.

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 consequences."

Watson said he expects to announce Berkman's suspension Thursday.

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