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D’Backs Manager Torey Lovullo Regretful For Incident With Cardinals’ Yadier Molina

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It’s not often that you see a player have to be restrained from going after an opposing coach or manager.

However, that’s exactly what happened on Sunday afternoon between the Arizona Diamondbacks and St. Louis Cardinals.

Here’s how it started. In the top of the second inning, D’Backs center fielder A.J. Pollock struck out looking on a borderline 3-2 pitch from Luke Weaver to lead off the inning. Replays showed that Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina raised his glove to deceive the location of where the pitch landed.

It was the second time in four batters that a D’Backs hitter was rung up on a pitch below the knees, as David Peralta was the victim of that to lead off the game.

Pollock, who tossed his bat toward his dugout because he thought he had walked, was stunned to learn he had been rung up by home plate umpire Tim Timmons. After a brief argument, D’Backs manager Torey Lovullo came out to argue, and was promptly ejected from the game.

And then all of a sudden, Molina was going after Lovullo.

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Both benches emptied, but no punches were thrown as order was quickly restored. The D’Backs ended up winning 4-1.

After the game, Molina claimed that Lovullo had called him a “motherf**ker” twice, and that Lovullo should’ve been “ready to fight” because of it:

Lovullo, on the other hand, was regretful for the incident:

“Look, 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.

“So, I 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. And I wish I could take back what I said. But it wasn’t really directed at him, and it was more in terms of me saying I respect him on that level, that he’s getting special things because he’s that good.

“Look, I’m just human like everybody else, and I see things, and I react to things, and I was frustrated.

“I probably took things a little too far.”

(Update: Lovullo and Molina were both suspended one game for their actions.)

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Diamondbacks Sign Merrill Kelly To Two-Year Deal

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed right hander Merrill Kelly to a two-year, $5.5 million contract, according to Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan.

Kelly’s new deal will pay him $2 million in 2019 and $3 million in 2020 and includes a pair of club options. The 30-year old has never pitched in the major leagues but had an impressive four-year stint in the Korea Baseball Organization.

Kelly was a former prospect in the Tampa Bay Rays organization.

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Diamondbacks Sign Rob Refsnyder to Minor League Deal

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed veteran utilityman Rob Refsnyder to a minor league contract that also comes with an invitation to Arizona’s big league Spring Training camp, giving Refsnyder a crack at their big league roster, according to an official team announcement via the Reno Aces, Arizona’s minor league affiliate.

Refsnyder bounced between the minors and the big leagues in 2018, posting a .283/.357/.402 slash line at the Triple-A level in the Tampa Bay Rays’ organization, and hitting .167/.314/.274 for Tampa Bay over 40 big league games.

 

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Diamondbacks Exercise Option on Paul Goldschmidt

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have exercised the club option on first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, according to MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert.

With the option, Goldschmidt will earn $14.5 million in lieu of a $2 million buyout.

Goldschmidt posted a slash line of .290/.389/.533 to go along with 33 home runs during the 2018 season.

 

 

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