A's outfielder Josh Willingham was handed a one-game suspension and fined an undisclosed amount on Monday for what Major League Baseball deemed "inappropriate conduct" in Saturday's game in Kansas City.

Willingham was scheduled to serve his suspension during Oakland's series opener against the Rangers on Monday night, but he elected to appeal the decision and will play until the process has been completed.

The eight-year veteran was ejected by umpire Bill Miller for arguing a called third strike and throwing down his helmet at the conclusion of the top of the eighth inning. Willingham appeared to bump Miller, but said on Monday, "I felt like there was contact, but I felt like the contact wasn't really initiated by me."