Butterfield tries to get ump's attention, gets tossed
Red Sox third-base coach felt Orioles' Webb wasn't coming set before windup
BOSTON -- Red Sox third-base coach Brian Butterfield was ejected in the bottom of the seventh inning of Sunday's 7-6 loss to the Orioles at Fenway Park.
Boston manager John Farrell said Butterfield thought Baltimore pitcher Ryan Webb wasn't coming set before starting his windup toward the plate and wanted to let the umpires know.
"From Butter's vantage point on the open side of Webb, when he came set, [Butterfield] felt there were a number of pitches where he didn't stop or change direction and made the delivery or the pitch," Farrell said. "He felt like he had balked a couple times and tried to get the attention of Hunter Wendelstedt at the time. And that's where that originated."
Wendelstedt, who was manning second base, ejected Butterfield from across the diamond. Along with Farrell, the third-base coach ran toward second to talk to Wendelstedt for a few seconds before leaving the field. It was Butterfield's third ejection this season.
First-base coach Arnie Beyeler moved to third and Tim Hyers, the organization's hitting coordinator, took over at first.
Steven Petrella is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.