HOUSTON -- Washington manager Frank Robinson received a one-game suspension and reliever Felix Rodriguez will serve three games for their parts in an incident on Thursday between the Nationals and Mets. Right fielder Jose Guillen was fined an undisclosed amount for his actions, which incited a bench-clearing incident in the game. In the game with the Mets, warnings had been given out when Rodriguez hit Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca in the bottom of the eighth inning. Umpire Rick Reed then ejected both Rodriguez and Robinson. Guillen moved toward the mound after Pedro Martinez hit him with a pitch the second time and had to be restrained.
Robinson chose to sit out Monday's game with the Astros and named bench coach Eddie Rodriguez to serve as manager in the series finale in Houston. "I just wanted to get it out of the way," Robinson said. "That way it's not hanging out there in the blue." Rodriguez will play until his appeal is heard. "We were just trying to pitch," Rodriguez said. "I don't think we threw at anybody." Robinson believes Rodriguez deserves his day in court. "What you really want is to have your side heard," Robinson said. "You just hope they will understand your side and maybe you can get a reduction in your suspension."
Jim Carley is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.