MINNEAPOLIS Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was suspended for one game Saturday for his outburst Thursday night that led fans to throw hats and baseballs on the field during a victory over the Chicago White Sox.
Gardenhire sat out Saturday night's home game against the Cleveland Indians.
Bob Watson, baseball's vice president of on-field operations, said Gardenhire also was fined.
Gardenhire was ejected in the seventh inning of the Twins' 10-6 win over the White Sox. The incident started when Denard Span squared to bunt and was hit by a pitch. Third base umpire Marty Foster ruled Span's bat went far enough to be called a swing at the pitch, so Span had to stay in the batter's box.
"You go back and look at the replay of the play that he argued, I think he had a right to argue," Span said. "I think if the umpire watched that replay, you'd get him to admit that he missed that call. For him to get a suspension for that; I don't think it's right."
After being thrown out by Foster, Gardenhire punted his hat over his head and fans responded by tossing dozens of hats and several baseballs on the field.
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen pulled his players off the field and it took about five minutes for fans to settle down.
"I figured something was coming," Gardenhire said. "You kick your hat and then all the havoc that went on afterwards, I figured I'd get a little bit of a fine. I didn't know about the suspension."
Gardenhire said he received a letter from the league saying he was restricted from being in any "Twins area" during the game, including the dugout, clubhouse and his office. He was on the field before the game, however, and posed for the team picture.
He said he planned to stay for the game, and would watch from either the press box or stands.
"I'm pretty sure we'll see some more of that," Span said. "If an umpire makes another bad call I'm pretty sure he'll have our backs again."
GRIFFEY JR. LEAVES GAME WITH CRAMP: Ken Griffey Jr. left the Chicago White Sox game against Kansas City in the sixth inning Saturday with what the club said was heat-related cramping in his right leg.
A spokesman said Griffey, playing his second game for the White Sox after coming over in a trade with Cincinnati, would be day to day. The temperature at game time was 95 degrees with a heat index of 111.
Griffey was 0-for-2 and made an outstanding shoestring catch in center field in the second inning. Dewayne Wise pinch hit for him leading off the sixth with the Royals leading 8-3.
HUDSON MAKES PLANS FOR SURGERY: Atlanta Braves ace Tim Hudson wanted to test his arm one more time to convince himself that season-ending elbow ligament replacement surgery was necessary.
After feeling more discomfort while trying to play catch on Saturday, Hudson is convinced.
"All the arrows are pointing that way," Hudson said, adding he plans to have the surgery within a week.
"I just wanted to try it one more time to convince myself that's what needs to get done."
Dr. Xavier Duralde, the team's lead orthopedist, and Dr. James Andrews found the right-hander has major ligament damage in his pitching elbow.
Hudson was examined by Andrews on Wednesday. At that time, Hudson conceded the surgery was probably inevitable but said he wanted to try to throw one more time in case he could throw without pain.
Instead, Hudson felt more pain Saturday while trying to throw from about 70 feet.
Hudson said Andrews would perform the procedure.
Andrews already has performed season-ending surgeries on Braves reliever Peter Moylan's elbow and starter John Smoltz's shoulder this year.
Hudson (11-7, 3.17 ERA) was the Braves' top starter. He now faces a rehabilitation period of at least a year, making his return before the 2009 All-Star break unlikely.