Arizona Diamondbacks' Torey Lovullo won't manage on Tuesday night in San Francisco.
Lovullo has been suspended for his part in an altercation with Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina on Sunday in St. Louis. The D-backs manager has also been fined an undisclosed amount.
“I think what people don’t realize is I’m human like everyone else. I’m probably a little too Italian in some cases, I use my hands too much,” said Lovullo on his weekly radio show with Burns and Gambo on Arizona Sports. “You say something in the wrong time and wrong space and you’re going to have to pay for it."
Lovullo said he received a call from MLB's chief baseball officer Tuesday morning while the D-backs coaching staff was playing pick-up basketball at Cal Berkley. The D-backs manager says he supports MLB’s suspension and was not trying to disrespect Molina.
“He’s got a great reputation; he’s a very wise well-respected catcher,” said Lovullo. “Because of that, he gets balls that aren’t close to the plate. We want to keep all strikes in the strike zone.”
Molina was also suspended one game for making contact with umpire Tim Timmons. Molina has elected to appeal his suspension so he will play against the Brewers on Tuesday and can continue to play until the process is complete.
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Players can appeal MLB discipline but managers are not allowed to.
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