Rays catcher suspended 2 games for bumping umpire
Tampa Bay catcher Dioner Navarro was suspended for two games by Major League Baseball on Tuesday for what it said was "inappropriate conduct" that included bumping an umpire during an argument.
Bob Watson, baseball’s vice president for discipline, issed the suspension, which was to begin Tuesday night against Oakland barring an appeal.
Tampa Bay also optioned right-handed relief pitcher Mike Eckstrom to Triple-A Durham and recalled catcher Jose Lobaton from Double-A Montgomery to back up John Jaso while Navarro serves the suspension.
Navarro has not played since the ejection, missing two games last weekend because of soreness in his right leg.