ARLINGTON -- Second baseman Ian Kinsler is appealing a one-game suspension that was handed down Tuesday by Bob Watson, Major League Baseball's vice president for on-field operations.
Kinsler was also fined an undisclosed amount for coming back on the field after being ejected in the 10th inning of the Rangers' 6-5 victory over the Yankees. Kinsler returned to the field after Nelson Cruz hit his game-winning home run in the 13th inning.
Players who are ejected are not allowed to return to the field at any point during the game. Kinsler, who was in the Rangers' video room when the home run was hit, ran out onto the field while Cruz was still rounding the bases.
"I think it's too harsh," Kinsler said. "But I guess we'll decide that later. I've never been in that situation before. I understand the rule to an extent, but I thought the game was over and I wanted to be on the field to celebrate with my teammates.
"I think it's a little unreasonable. There's not too much common sense. I understand that they have the rule in play and they have the rule for a reason but I don't know what the reason is."
There is no timetable for Kinsler's appeal. Kinsler admitted he may end up changing his mind and just serve the suspension.
"I definitely thought about it," Kinsler said. "I'm still weighing my options. Who knows ... maybe I'll change my mind."
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.