Hinske likely to avoid suspension after ejection

Hinske likely to avoid suspension after ejection

ST. LOUIS -- The Braves' Eric Hinske will apparently not be suspended after he was ejected in the eighth inning of Friday's game by home-plate umpire Mike Muchlinski.

After a disputed strike-three call on a check swing, Hinske went nose-to-nose with Muchlinski and was quickly thrown out. He tossed his bat into the air and it almost hit manager Fredi Gonzalez, who was coming out to protect his player.

"I've never seen him act like that, he was pretty emotional," Gonzalez said.

Hinske said it was a simple disagreement.

"I didn't go [around], that's why I acted like I did," he noted.

Since the Braves had not heard from the National League office as of late Saturday afternoon, Hinske will probably escape a suspension. A fine is still a possibility.

Hinske believes it is the third ejection of his 11-year career.