Mets manager Jerry Manuel was given a one-game suspension for a recent run-in with an umpire and sat out Tuesday night's game against St. Louis.
Manuel also was fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Baseball. There is no option to appeal.
"I think it's a little harsh," Manuel said.
Bench coach Dave Jauss filled in as New York began a homestand following a 2-9 road trip.
Manuel was ejected from Friday night's 6-1 win at Los Angeles for arguing after first base umpire Doug Eddings called Luis Castillo out. Replays showed Castillo's foot was already on the bag before shortstop Rafael Furcal's throw reached James Loney's glove.
Manuel came on the field and gestured wildly at Eddings, and the bills of their caps made contact. Manuel was ejected for the third time this season.
"I'm always surprised that the other voice isn't heard. There's no forum" to present his case, Manuel said.
Manuel said there was no intent on his part to brush caps with Eddings.
"You could have left that situation as an ejection," he said.