Hillman suspended one game for explosion at umpire

Royals manager Trey Hillman won’t be managing his club in Wednesday afternoon’s game against the Tigers.

Hillman was suspended for one game by Major League Baseball for inappropriate actions during Monday’s game and was to serve the suspension on Wednesday.

The suspension was levied for Hillman’s animated argument with plate umpire Paul Emmel in the eighth inning of the Memorial Day game with the Tigers.

Hillman was ejected for comments from the dugout as Emmel called out Willie Bloomquist on strikes. The face-to-face confrontation went until Hillman inadvertently spit in Emmel’s eye, causing the umpire to back away. Crew chief Bill Hohn finally intervened and Hillman left the field.

Later Hillman said he was only trying to keep Bloomquist from being ejected for his comments, forcing the Royals to use catcher Miguel Olivo on the infield. Olivo was only on the position player left on the Royals’ bench.

The suspension was announced by Bob Watson, MLB’s vice president of on-field operations.

–Dick Kaegel

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