Ump takes pitch to shoulder after ejections

Andrew Joseph
Published 2:20 p.m. ET Sept. 13, 2017

With a chance at ending the Indians’ record win streak, tensions were running high for the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday. That much was clear in the third inning.

After a walk of Jay Bruce, Tigers catcher James McCann got ejected for arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Quinn Wolcott. Manager Brad Ausmus came to the defense of his catcher, and he, too, subsequently got tossed from the game.

</div> <p>With McCann ejected, the Tigers had to bring in John Hicks as the replacement behind the plate. Tigers pitcher Buck Farmer was still on the mound and proceeded to walk Carlos Santana, loading the bases. His first pitch after the walk certainly raised eyebrows.</p> <p><asset-embed uri=”″ /> </p> <p>A tailing two-seam fastball caught Wolcott in the shoulder, and the umpire fell to the ground. Given the timing – so shortly after an ejection – and Hicks’ inability to get any glove on the ball, the optics weren’t good.</p> <p>The pitch had late movement, but the Indians broadcast and Cleveland fans certainly speculated some intent behind the miss….

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