Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera was ejected from Sunday's 4–2 win in Kansas City for throwing at Oakland Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie, continuing a saga that dominated the three-game weekend series.
Herrera was ejected in the top of the eighth when he threw behind Lawrie on a 2–0 count with two outs in the inning. Home-plate umpire Greg Gibson quickly tossed Herrera, and while benches did not empty, Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar and acting manager and bench coach Don Wakamatsu were all ejected from Kansas City's bench.
Herrera appeared to point to his head while walking off the field.
In case you guys didn't see that: As Herrera was escorted off the field, he yelled something at Lawrie and pointed at his head. Headhunter.— Dan Lependorf (@dlependorf) April 19, 2015
Injured A's lefthander Sean Doolittle took exception to Herrera's pointing on Twitter.
Bush league— Sean Doolittle (@whatwouldDOOdo) April 19, 2015
Don't point at your head after you throw at someone that's hot garbage— Sean Doolittle (@whatwouldDOOdo) April 19, 2015
Wakamatsu was serving as the Royals' active manager because Ned Yost and pitching coach Dave Eiland were ejected in the first inning when A's starter Scott Kazmir hit Royals centerfielder Lorenzo Cain with a pitch.
On Saturday, Royals righthander Yordano Ventura was ejected for hitting Lawrie with a pitch. That came one day after Lawrie's hard slide into second base injured Escobar, who sustained a mild sprain to his left knee on the play. Escobar did not play in Sunday's game, but was ejected after Lawrie was hit in the eighth. Both benches emptied after Lawrie's slide, but there were no ejections.
- Mike Fiammetta