Pitcher caught while heckling umpire

NEW YORK -- Injured Los Angeles Dodgers closer Eric Gagne was suspended for two games and fined an undisclosed amount Friday for violating the terms of a previous penalty imposed by Major League Baseball.

Gagne, who has been on the disabled list and hasn't pitched this season, was ejected on April 6. During the fifth inning of the Dodgers' game at San Francisco, he apparently heckled home plate umpire Bill Hohn about balls and strikes from the dugout, breaking rule 3.17 of the MLB rule book, which states that "players on the disabled list ... may not take part in any activity during the game such as warming up a pitcher, bench jockeying, etc."

The Dodgers' right-hander was then directed not to be in uniform on the Dodgers' bench or in their bullpen during games while he remained on the DL. Violation of that stipulation led to the suspension.

Gagne, who has been sitting in the dugout during games, said he was unaware he was in violation.

"It's kind of weird," he said, sitting in the dugout Friday before the Dodgers' game against Colorado. "That's a first. They don't know the rules anymore. I've heard a lot of different rules.

"I didn't do anything that bad. Some of the guys in that fight [Boston-Tampa Bay] got suspended for two games," he added.

He has been sidelined by a sprained ligament in his right elbow. His suspension will begin after he is activated from the DL.

"It's bad for the team. We're going to be short-handed two days," said Gagne, who said he hasn't decided whether he will appeal the suspension.

"It's just a situation we have to deal with," manager Jim Tracy said.

Gagne threw 37 pitches during a bullpen session Friday and is scheduled to throw again on Sunday.

Asked where he was going to spend the game against the Rockies, Gagne said, "Maybe I'll sit with Mr. McCourt [Dodgers owner Frank McCourt] over there. He's got good seats."