Baltimore Orioles Manager Lee Mazzilli was suspended for two games and fined an undisclosed amount by the commissioner's office for "inappropriate actions" in the sixth inning of a July 19 game against the Colorado Rockies.
Mazzilli was ejected by umpire Charlie Reliford after arguing that a drive hit near the left field foul pole by Chris Gomez was fair. The umpires ruled the ball foul and Mazzilli jawed at Reliford for several moments and then threw a tray of chewing gum after getting back to the dugout.
"He was suspended for making contact with the umpire and throwing equipment," said Pat Courtney, baseball's vice president of media relations.
A hearing for Mazzilli will be held with John McHale Jr., baseball's executive vice president, sometime during the week of July 11.
"I was a little taken aback," Mazzilli said. "I can't really comment on what can take place until we have a hearing."
Mora May Be Back Soon
Third baseman Melvin Mora, who has missed the past two games with a strained right hamstring, took batting practice and could return to the lineup shortly. . . .
The Orioles signed third-round pick Brandon Erbe, from McDonogh High School near Baltimore, to a $400,000 contract. Erbe had accepted a scholarship to the University of Miami and likely would not have signed with any team other than the Orioles. . . .
Javy Lopez will see hand specialist Mark Deitch on Tuesday and could be cleared to start baseball activities on Friday. Lopez has been doing hand strengthening exercises for about a week, but won't set a return date yet.
"I can project once I start throwing and hitting," Lopez said.
Lopez returned to Atlanta, his home for 12 seasons, for the first time since signing with Baltimore after the 2003 season. "I was looking forward to playing and experiencing the feeling of being in a place where I used to call home," he said.