D-Backs skipper Lovullo gets 1-game suspension
Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo received a one-game suspension for an outburst Sunday in St. Louis against home-plate umpire Tim Timmons. Lovullo was arguing balls and strikes and used an expletive in reference to Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, who charged at Lovullo.
SAN FRANCISCO – Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo had no issues with the one-game suspension levied by the commissioner’s office on Tuesday for his actions on Sunday in St. Louis. His only question was whether to watch the Diamondbacks-Giants game from the stands or the visiting general manager’s suite on Tuesday night.
“I can’t be anywhere down on the dugout level, field level,” Lovullo said. “I have to disappear from this area. … I haven’t quite determined what I’ll do, but I’d like to stay around.”
Lovullo was ejected by home plate umpire Tim Timmons for arguing balls and strikes on Sunday. While arguing with Timmons, Lovullo used an expletive in reference to Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, who reacted angrily and charged at Lovullo.
In the process, Molina made contact with Timmons, an action that often earns an ejection and/or suspension. He was not ejected, but he was suspended one game on Tuesday, as well. Molina elected to appeal. Lovullo said that wasn’t really an option for him.
He said he got the news of the suspension on Tuesday morning from Major League Baseball executive Joe Torre, whom he asked about the appeals process.
“He said, ‘No, I’m the one you would appeal with and there is zero chance this will get overturned,’” Lovullo said. “So we had a good chuckle about that.”
Lovullo continued to strike a contrite tone, saying he regretted what he said on Sunday and that his suspension was warranted.
“I support that,” he said. “I agree with it. I made some mistakes.”
Keep ‘em fresh
Lovullo said he used reliever Archie Bradley to close out Monday night’s game because he wanted to give closer Brad Boxberger the night off. Boxberger had pitched the day before in St. Louis and three of the previous five days.
“We wanted to give him a blow,” Lovullo said. “That’s what we do here. We feel like we need our guys healthy all season long.”
Boxberger has had issues with injuries the past two seasons, a factor that likely is playing into the club’s preference to be prudent with his usage early in the season. But Lovullo said the Diamondbacks will be cautious with all of their pitchers and that their caution is typical around the game.
The Diamondbacks traded outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker to the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday in exchange for cash considerations.
Prospect Jose Herrera, a catcher who received a bonus of more than $1 million to sign out of Venezuela in July 2013, has been suspended 50 games for testing positive for a stimulant.