Magadan suspended for one game

Boston hitting coach Magadan suspended

ATLANTA -- The Red Sox were without the services of Dave Magadan on Friday night against the Braves, as the hitting coach received a one-game suspension from Major League Baseball.

Magadan was ejected from Wednesday night's 6-4 win over the Nationals for arguing balls and strikes. However, manager Terry Francona knows exactly why Magadan received the suspension.

"You can't leave the dugout," Francona said. "That's like an automatic [suspension]. I knew that was going to happen. I was surprised he got thrown out. But I knew, as soon as you leave the dugout, it's an automatic suspension."

It was home-plate umpire Bob Davidson who ejected Magadan.

"I thought Bob put Mags in a horrible position," Francona said. "He's screaming over there, cursing at him. On a pitch that he admittedly [messed] up, that's a little [unfair]."

The Red Sox utilized staff assistant Alex Ochoa as their hitting coach on Friday. Magadan was around during the pregame hours and into batting practice, but he was required to leave before the start of the game.

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.