San Francisco Giants pitcher Carlos Rodon was frustrated after the fifth inning in a 7-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks and kicked a bat into the dugout Tuesday that caught shortstop Thairo Estrada in the knee.
Teammates, including infielder Wilmer Flores, were not happy with Rodon’s performance.
“Unacceptable action,” said Rodon after the game. “I met my teammate, the nicest teammate on the team. Just a selfish action and it just can’t happen. Stupid.”
Estrada stayed in the game and was hit by Luke Weaver’s pitch, leading away the sixth. This put him in his arm guard and he later hit with Brandon Belt’s double.
Rodon (8-6) gave up three hits in six innings. However, two were home runs that accounted for five runs. He knocked out 10, walked two and hit a batsman.
Rodon said the frustration had built and increased in the desert since his previous start with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“My last two starts haven’t been great and today I wanted to come out and get a win for the boys,” he said.
Manager Gabe Kapler immediately left to see if Estrada was okay after being beaten.
“Carlos feels terrible, he knows it’s unacceptable,” said Kapler. “These are his teammates and if he’s not able to stay in control someone can get hurt. … We’re going to work on how he can stay in control in those situations.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/34300557/baseball-bat-kicked-san-francisco-giants-pitcher-carlos-rodon-hits-teammate-thairo-estrada Baseball bat kicked by San Francisco Giants pitcher Carlos Rodon hits teammate Thairo Estrada