Genesis Cabrera unleashed two throws that left one batter with a bloodied nose and the opposition’s manager fuming.
Major League Baseball pitcher Genesis Cabrera unleashed two brutal throws that left one batter with a bloodied nose and the other rattled in the Cardinals’ clash with the Phillies.
In fortunate news, Phillies star Harper has since posted a video on social media saying his scans had “come back all good”, after a 156km/h thunderbolt thudded into his face.
After hitting Harper with his first pitch of the sixth inning, Cabrera struck Didi Gregorious in the ribs, leading to warnings for both benches.
The second missile triggered an outburst from Phillies manager Joe Girardie, who stormed out of the dugout to voice his concerns with plate umpire Chris Segal, before getting ejected from the venue.
As per MLB rules, Cabrera had to send down one more throw to meet the minimum three-batter threshold before Cardinals manager Mike Shildt could remove him.
But Girardi believes that law should have been disregarded, so fierce the throws were.
“[Cabrera] should be thrown out. I understand why they give the warnings, but if a guy hits a guy in the face and a guy in the ribs, with two pitches, he’s gotta go, right?” Girardi said.
“If you’re really protecting players, he’s got to go. Just for the safety of the players.”
Shildt said he would have pulled Cabrera if he could have.
“It was a tie game. It was right in his spot,” Shildt said.
“It was completely unfortunate the ball got away from him.
“Our prayers are with Bryce Harper and we hope he’s okay.
“It’s a failure of the three-batter minimum. Completely, absolutely no doubt.
“You’re talking about an aggressive young pitcher throwing to one of the superstars of this game.
“Clearly, he felt terrible. Everybody knows it was completely unintentional.”
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