D-Backs skip­per Lovullo gets 1-game sus­pen­sion

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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.

Short hops

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.

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