Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Madison Bumgarner was ejected Wednesday just after having her hand checked for foreign substances.
Bumgarner gave Jon Berti an early homer in the first inning in Miami, and then stopped the next three hitters. As he walked into the dugout, the left-handed veteran gestured with his hand before holding out his hand to first base referee Dan Bellino to take a look.
Bumgarner said something to Bellino as the check ended, and the referee sent him off. The Bumgarner then started yelling at Bellino and had to be restrained by several coaches.
The expense didn’t appear to be due to a foreign object in the hands of the Bumgarner, but— the next fight with Bellino. Diamondbacks executive and former premier league rightman Dan Haren was quick to defend the pitcher, saying the referee incited Bumgarner.
“Totally triggered by Dan Bellino, staring at Bum until he looked into Bellino’s eyes,” Haren tweeted. “Want to get rid of him. He’s being targeted, Bellino needs discipline. Complete BS.”
Bumgarner was replaced by right-hand man Corbin Martin early in the second inning. It was his second career expulsion. He was also sent off on 11 June 2018, for arguing the ball and a strike.
The 32-year-old Bumgarner is 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA in six starts this season, his third since joining the Diamondbacks after an 11-year stint with the San Francisco Giants.
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