PHOENIX -- D-backs infielder Ketel Marte's frustration bubbled over in the bottom of the sixth inning Friday night when he reacted to a third-strike call from plate-umpire Eric Cooper by slamming his bat down in frustration.Marte broke the bat and Cooper wasted little time ejecting him from the game.It was
PHOENIX -- D-backs infielder Ketel Marte's frustration bubbled over in the bottom of the sixth inning Friday night when he reacted to a third-strike call from plate-umpire Eric Cooper by slamming his bat down in frustration.
Marte broke the bat and Cooper wasted little time ejecting him from the game.
It was Marte's first career ejection and he said he hopes it's his final one, as well.
"I was frustrated with the way the umpire was calling strikes and it was a spur-of-the-moment thing," Marte said, through a translator. "I've never done this before. I hope it never happens again. I've learned my lesson."
D-backs manager Torey Lovullo came out to talk with Cooper after the ejection, but acknowledged after the game that Marte deserved to be ejected.
Marte was out of the lineup Saturday, but it was a planned day off, according to Lovullo, and not related to the ejection.
Prior to the start of the season, Marte signed five-year $24 million extension which includes a pair of club-option years that are worth a combined $22 million. He is 1-for-8 at the plate to start the season.
Lovullo's only issue with Marte being ejected is that it came after the manager had already used one of his backup infielders as a pinch-hitter, so it could have ended up being costly.
"Minimal concern about what happened yesterday, minimal concern about him pressing or not being able to advance and get to where he needs to get to," Lovullo said. "A little bit of concern with what he needs to understand is going on around him inside the game, and that's what I'll address with him."
Rolling right through
The D-backs have an off-day Sunday, but will stay in rotation with each starter just getting an extra day between starts.
That means that Patrick Corbin will start Wednesday against the Dodgers with Robbie Ray getting the ball for the opener against the Cardinals on Thursday in St. Louis.
Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.