Scioscia expects Padilla to be suspended for beanball

Updated: August 17, 2006, 10:49 AM ET
Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia is confident that Texas Rangers right-hander Vicente Padilla will be suspended and fined by Major League officials after Padilla was ejected from Tuesday night's game for throwing at Angels hitters.

Padilla needs to grow up
This is what this comes down to: On Tuesday night, Vicente Padilla stunk, and rather than just take some responsibility and do his job and try to make better pitches, Padilla started firing fastballs at the hitters. Then last night, with the Angels getting blown out, they felt the need to answer back, to retaliate, and that's how Adam Kennedy wound up going after Scott Feldman with two outs in the ninth inning.

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"I'm very sure there's going to be suspensions," Scioscia said prior to Wednesday night's game against the Rangers.

Rangers manager Buck Showalter also expects a fine and a one-game suspension based on past actions by baseball officials because both benches had been warned.

Padilla, tied for the AL lead with 14 hit batters, nailed Vladimir Guerrero with a pitch on the left forearm in the third inning on Tuesday night. He brushed back Guerrero with another in the fourth.

When Padilla hit Juan Rivera in the fourth inning, he was ejected by plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt, who had warned both dugouts an inning earlier.

Showalter said he met with Padilla before Wednesday night's game. Padilla customarily has little contact with his manager or his teammates and doesn't speak to the media.

"I don't want to cast anything lightly on this," Showalter said. "Our conversation with Vinny was pointed. We need him out there pitching."

Showalter said Padilla expressed remorse for his actions.

The Rangers and Angels have seven more games left this season after Wednesday night's meeting. Scioscia said his players were angry, but he hoped there would be no more incidents.

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"We're disturbed but we're going to play baseball," said Scioscia, who spoke with Showalter earlier in the day. "I don't know what kind of messages were trying to be conveyed. It's something that there's no need for."

"If I was [Scioscia] and the Angels, I wouldn't be happy about it either," Showalter said.

Asked whether he expected Padilla, the team leader with 12 victories, to be suspended, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said, "I hope not but it wouldn't surprise me."

Tuesday night marked the second straight game in which a Rangers starter had been ejected for throwing at Angels batters. Right-hander Adam Eaton was tossed in the first inning of a game on Aug. 6 in Anaheim for throwing at Rivera.

A suspension for a starter would come at a bad time for the Rangers, who found out on Tuesday that right-hander Kip Wells will be out for at least three weeks due to a foot injury.

"It's disappointing any time a player does something that takes him out of the competition," Daniels said.


Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press

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