Dodgers’ Dave Roberts suspended one game for Friday incident

first_imgSAN DIEGO >> Dave Roberts was able to choose his own wine Saturday night.The Dodgers manager was suspended one game for his role in Friday night’s benches-clearing incident. Roberts charged San Diego Padres manager Andy Green during a meeting with plate umpire Greg Gibson between the first and second innings. Green triggered Roberts’ reaction when he made comments about Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood. Wood set the whole thing in motion during the first inning when, according to Gibson, Wood threatened to hit Padres baserunner Jose Pirela with a pitch if he continued signaling from second base to the Padres batter.Roberts, Green and Wood were each fined an undisclosed amount.Roberts served the suspension Saturday night with Dodgers bench coach Bob Geren filling in as interim manager. Roberts was not allowed to be in the stadium for the game so he went through the pre-game workout with the team, threw a round of batting practice then headed to his home in the San Diego area, about 25 minutes from Petco Park. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Though he asked and answered the questions with a smile, Roberts left a clear impression that he feels no obligation to reach out to Green to smooth things over after Friday’s scuffle.“Did I talk to him (since Friday’s game)? No,” Roberts said. “Did I find him? No. Did I look for him? No.”Neither Roberts nor Green were willing to specify what Green said to anger Roberts Friday. Roberts only said Green was “talking about one of my players (Wood) in a very derogatory way” and “that’s unacceptable.”The consensus in the Dodgers’ clubhouse was clear, though.“Doc is the nicest guy in the world,” Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen said of Roberts. “To get him going like that, you’ve gotta say something pretty slick, pretty bad about his team.”center_img The Dodgers closer was in the clubhouse when the fireworks broke out Friday. His first reaction – send a clubhouse attendant to a nearby store to buy Roberts a bottle of wine. Jansen delivered the Knights Valley offering to Roberts (who co-owns his own wine label ‘Red Stitch’) in the manager’s office during the second inning.“He’s always got our backs so I wanted him to know we have his back,” Jansen said. “I knew he was going to feel awkward watching the rest of the game in his office. So I thought, let me do something for my manager.”Barnes stormBackup catcher Austin Barnes was back in the starting lineup Saturday a night after hitting two home runs and driving in seven runs. It was his 23rd start of the season – but his third in the past four days and fourth in the past seven.“Austin is playing well and we are seeing some lefties,” Roberts said, adding that the additional playing time was about a desire “to put him in good spots and keep Yazzie (Yasmani Grandal) fresh” not any change in the two roles.“Yazzie is our No. 1 catcher,” Roberts said. “He’s going to get over 500 at-bats this year which is a good load. Right now, it just more continuing to give Austin the opportunities he deserves.”Over his 11 games before Saturday, Barnes was 9 for 28 (.321) with an 1.100 OPS.“There’s definitely something to be said for getting in there more and getting consistent at-bats,” Barnes said. “Last year, going up and down (between Triple-A and the majors), you make those games bigger than they are.”Roberts agreed the consistency of Barnes’ role has been good for the young catcher.“Knowing that he’s going to stick, things have slowed down for him,” Roberts said. “The quality of at-bats has been so good, the defense, on the bases — he’s coming into his own. There’s an exhale and every at-bat he has seems to be a quality at-bat.”AlsoWhen the Dodgers clubhouse opened to the media Saturday afternoon, there was a note taped to the chair in front of Cody Bellinger’s locker that said, “Same answer as yesterday (Derby).” The note (which might or might not have been written by Bellinger or a veteran teammate) referred to Bellinger’s pending decision on participating in the Home Run Derby during the All-Star Game festivities in Miami. Bellinger has been invited but will only participate if his father, Clay, is able to get time off work and pitch to him in the Derby.Infielder Mike Freeman was sent back to Triple-A Oklahoma City Saturday afternoon and right-hander Josh Fields was recalled from OKC. Fields made three appearances with the OKC Dodgers during his demotion. He pitched three scoreless innings, allowed one hit, walked none and struck out three.last_img

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