BOSTON—Ubaldo Jimenez was ejected from the Orioles-Red Sox game in the fourth inning after hitting Pablo Sandoval in the right shoulder with a pitch.
Jimenez and catcher Caleb Joseph were both mystified by the immediate ejection by home plate umpire Jordan Baker, particularly given that there was no warning issued to either team. Manager Buck Showalter sprinted out onto the field to speak with Baker, but Jimenez walked off several minutes later to end his night.
There was talk that perhaps the pitch was retaliation for Sandoval’s hard slide into second base in his previous at-bat, though there’s no way to know for sure. If it was, it’s a curious move by Jimenez given how well he’s pitched and the precarious spot it puts his team –set to play a four-game series in Boston– and the bullpen in the opener.
Jimenez had thrown 3 2/3 scoreless innings, holding the Red Sox hitless over that stretch. He was replaced by right-hander Kevin Gausman. Both sides were warned following the ejection.