Update (9:01 PM ET): Adam Jones was ejected after arguing balls and strikes with Holbrook in the fifth inning, completely unrelated to both teams throwing at each other. Holbrook’s trigger finger might’ve been itchy from everything else going on.
The conference call between commissioner Rob Manfred, chief baseball officer Joe Torre, and the managers and general managers of both the Red Sox and Orioles may have resulted in zero tolerance for hitting batters during Wednesday’s contest at Fenway Park. In the bottom of the second inning, Orioles starter Kevin Gausman threw a first-pitch slider to Xander Bogaerts that stayed too far inside and hit him. Home plate umpire Sam Holbrook immediately ejected Gausman. Catcher Caleb Joseph was irate and Adam Jones came in front center field to contest the ejection.
Richard Bleier came in to relieve Gausman.
This series just keeps getting more and more interesting for all the wrong reasons.
The Reds announced earlier that they plan to extend the protective netting at Great American Ball Park in time for Opening Day next season. You can add the Padres and Mariners to what will surely be a growing list.
A young fan was struck in the face by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, which gave new life to the netting debate. Some fans and media types think Major League Baseball is not doing enough to protect fans. While Major League Baseball has issued guidelines for protective netting, it is ultimately up to the teams to decide just how much netting to use.
Orioles closer Zach Britton is likely done for the remainder of the 2017 season after receiving a stem cell injection in his left knee, Peter Schmuck and Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun report. Britton has been battling knee problems for most of the season.
The Orioles are still technically in the AL Wild Card race, entering play Thursday 5.5 games behind the Twins for the second Wild Card slot. With only nine games remaining, however, the 73-80 Orioles are likely being realistic about their chances and not taking any unnecessary risks with Britton.
Britton, 29, put up a 2.89 ERA with 15 saves and a 29/18 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings this season. He will be eligible for arbitration for the fourth and final time this offseason.