GreenJackets pitching coach suspended after head butting an ump

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Wednesday May 11, 2011

Undated--The South Atlantic League announced today that GreenJackets pitching coach Steve Kline has been suspended immediately for at least the next two games - the remainder of the current series with the Rome Braves. The investigation is still pending and a further suspension and fine may still come based on what the League determines from the investigation. The statement from SAL President Eric Krupa reads as follows:

"Augusta GreenJackets Pitching Coach Steve Kline is hereby suspended, effective immediately. The suspension will last at least through the end of the current series with the Rome Braves. The South Atlantic League has not concluded its investigation into the situation that occurred during last night’s game, so a final decision has not been made.

Once all of the information has been gathered and reviewed, a decision will be issued by the South Atlantic League office. The decision may or may not extend the suspension beyond the current series in Augusta.

The GreenJackets will be without the services of a pitching coach for tonight's game. San Francisco Giants minor league pitching coordinator Bert Bradley is expected to join the team tomorrow to serve as interim pitching coach in Kline's absence, however long that may be.