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Padres' Manny Machado to appeal suspension stemming from his ejection

Padres third baseman Manny Machado is appealing a fine and one-game suspension handed down by Major League Baseball stemming from his ejection Saturday at Coors Field.

The release announcing the suspension said Machado was being punished for “aggressively arguing and making contact with Umpire Bill Welke” after Welke ejected him for arguing a called third strike.

Machado came close to Welke immediately after the ejection. At one point, Welke is seen pointing to his arm and appears to tell Machado that he just touched him.

"He pointed, but I was way too into the zone of letting him hear what I had to say on what I thought about the whole call," said Machado, who hit his 14th homer in Monday's 2-0 win over Milwaukee. "I didn't touch him. I didn't think I touched him. The video says it also. Like I said, we're going to appeal it. I think we've got a good case. I don't think anyone has ever gotten suspended a game for arguing balls and strikes.

"I think that's a little too much, a little unjustified, but there's a process to this and we're going to go through it."

Before returning to the Padres dugout, where he continued to yell at Welke, Machado flung his bat at the backstop. The release does not mention that.

The suspension was scheduled to be served Monday night when the Padres begin a three-game series with the Brewers. His appeal means the suspension will be delayed until he meets with MLB officials.

Manager Andy Green and pitcher Matt Strahm were ejected in Saturday's sixth inning when Welke judged the Padres were still disputing his strike and ball calls from the dugout.

Updates
Jun 17, 2019 3:58 PM - This story was updated with comment from Manny Machado.

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