The St. Louis Cardinals’ Yadier Molina had to be restrained Sunday after Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo gestured at the catcher while he was arguing a called third strike against outfielder A.J. Pollock.
Molina was restrained initially by plate umpire Tim Timmons and then by manager Mike Matheny after both benches cleared during the incident, which occurred in the top of the second inning.
Lovullo acknowledged after the game that he “used a poor choice of words” but said he had “the utmost respect” for Molina.
“The first thing I want to say is I have the utmost respect for Yadier Molina. He’s one of the best catchers the game’s ever seen,” he said.
“I just was going out there to talk about something with the umpire and was referencing something and used a poor choice of words and he took offense to it. I wish I could take back what I said but it really wasn’t really directed at him. It was more a term of me saying I respect him on that level that he’s getting certain things because he’s that good,” he said.
He acknowledged that he “was frustrated over what I was watching” and “probably took things a little too far.”
The victory was Lovullo’s 100th as the Diamondbacks’ manager.
When asked if the arrest would result in Jones being kicked off the team, McDermott replied, “At this point, we don’t foresee anything like that happening.”
Jones was arrested last week in Los Angeles after he allegedly tried to kick out a window in an apartment building. He was found bloody and naked and charged with felony vandalism.
However, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office reportedly dropped the charge against Jones, citing “insufficient evidence.”
“I don’t have any expectations on him at all,” Texas manager Jeff Banister said. “When he gets out from under the medical program, that’s when we’ll start thinking about where he is and have a target date.”
Skaggs will be making his third start of the season and second on the road, He did not factor in the decision in his most recent start against Cleveland on Wednesday after tossing 4 2/3 innings and allowing two earned runs on five hits with two walks and five strikeouts.