Manuel suspended for Tuesday night

Updated: July 28, 2010, 9:22 AM ET
By Andrew Marchand |

NEW YORK -- The New York Mets had a new manager -- for one game.

Jerry Manuel was suspended by Major League Baseball for Tuesday night's game vs. the St. Louis Cardinals for bumping into umpire Doug Eddings on Friday in the Mets' 6-1 win at Los Angeles.

Luis Castillo was called out at first, though replays showed Castillo's foot was already on the bag before shortstop Rafael Furcal's throw reached James Loney's glove.

Manuel came on the field and gestured wildly at Eddings, who gave Manuel his third ejection of the season.

Manuel said he was disappointed that there was no appeals process, feeling as if there should be no suspension for bills of hats touching. He described the penalty as "harsh."

"I was surprised -- I'm always surprised that the other voice is not heard, that you have no forum to present your side of the case," Manuel said.

Bench coach Dave Jauss served as the manager Tuesday night as the Mets beat the Cardinals 8-2.

Andrew Marchand covers baseball for You can follow him on Twitter. Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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