John Farrell on D&H: Lack of disciplinary action against Rays ‘doesn’t make sense’
|06.04.14 at 4:03 pm ET|
Red Sox manager John Farrell joined Dale & Holley on Wednesday to discuss the fallout from the Rays-Red Sox series this past weekend, the suspension of Brandon Workman, and the state of the Red Sox outfield. To hear the interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.
MLB has announced its disciplinary rulings in regards to Friday’s game. Workman was suspended six games for throwing behind Tampa Bay slugger Evan Longoria, while David Price, who hit both David Ortiz and Mike Carp in the game, received no sentence.
“We presented our case on everything that took place inside that Friday night game, and once all the information is turned over, you wait for the judgment to be handed down,” Farrell said. “I know that there weren’t suspensions, Brandon is obviously the only one suspended. There might have been some fines levied on both sides of this, but you go by the process that’s in place. … I think at the time at the ejection and following the game, my thoughts were expressed.”
Added Farrell: “Unfortunately, we’ve got a guy that we’re going to miss for, right now, six games, even though he has appealed.”
Tensions were high on Friday, as the Red Sox utilized four managers because Farrell, bench coach Torey Lovullo and third base coach Brian Butterfield were ejected during the course of the game.
“An explanation was had, but still a differing of opinion. Anytime you get ejected, you have thoughts in a certain way,” Farrell said. “[Umpire] Dan Bellino took exception to those thoughts and obviously the ejection did take place. But there were no warnings issued prior to Saturday’s game, there was an awareness or a heads-up given prior to the series beginning. … You’re going to have different sides of it, and our side was certainly different than what the umpires and certainly what Tampa thinks.”
Farrell continued: “I understand that they want to protect people and not put guys at risk for potential injury, but still, David Ortiz didn’t get injured, no one else got injured, yet we had three guys hit by pitches that night. We’re the only team getting ejections coming out of the Friday night game, so when you add it all up, it doesn’t make sense.”
While the Rays and Red Sox had engaged in a bench-clearing incident just five days prior to the start of last weekend’s series, Farrell didn’t expect more drama going into Friday.
“Nope, I didn’t anticipate anything, actually,” Farrell said. “A lot of people want to refer to the Sunday game in Tampa five days prior. We thought that was pretty much a done deal at the time. By their comments afterwards, David Ortiz being hit was not a result of Sunday’s game, but last postseason. You don’t go into a game thinking someone is going to get drilled in the first inning.”
Despite posting a 7-3 record over their last 10 games, the Red Sox have yet to get much offensive production from their outfield. Jonny Gomes currently has the best batting average amongst the group with a subpar .235 line.
“We’re not at full strength,” Farrell said. “We’ve got challenges in certain areas and we’re trying to find ways to make the best of a situation. We need Shane Victorino back in time, and we don’t have a return date yet. … Getting on base is there, it’s the follow through and capitalizing on opportunities that we do create.”
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