Mets' Luis Rojas 'a little upset' after two-game suspension for 'excessive arguing'

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Rojas arguing
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Mets manager Luis Rojas has been suspended for two games and fined an undisclosed amount for what MLB called "excessive arguing" during the first inning of Sunday's game against the Pirates.

Rojas -- who said Monday that he wasn't given a chance to appeal, but wouldn't fight it anyway -- will begin serving his suspension Monday night, and will miss the first two games of the Mets' series against the Reds, according to the league.

Bench coach Dave Jauss will manage in his place.

"Obviously I'm a little upset that I'm going to be missing the next two games," Rojas said. "I missed the team for eight and two-thirds yesterday. Same feeling here. But the league's gotta do what the league's gotta do. We know how things sometimes get heated up. Yesterday that particular play led me to be that way."

Rojas' ejection on Sunday stemmed from what he perceived as a missed foul ball call. On the play, Taijuan Walker swatted a squibbed hit that started in foul territory toward Pittsburgh's dugout.

The ball was ruled fair and allowed three Pirates to score, opening the floodgates in a six-run first inning.

During the commotion, Rojas appeared to bump home plate Jeremy Riggs, though he said Monday there was no mention of contact being made by MLB as a reason for the suspension.

"There was no intention whatsoever," he said. "That's not me."

After the game Sunday, Rojas stuck by his opinion that the ball was foul, which he reiterated Monday, making a point to say he thinks the play should be reviewable.

"I still firmly believe it was foul," he said.

Rojas was able to be with the team on Monday for pregame and batting practice, but said he wouldn't be allowed to watch from the clubhouse.