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David Ortiz’s frustration with umpire boils over into ejection

David Ortiz slammed his bat after he was thrown out of the game by plate ump John Tumpane as manager John Farrell argued.Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff/Boston Globe

David Ortiz was sure he drew a walk in the first inning of Sunday’s game against the Orioles and started toward first base. But on an appeal, third base umpire Jerry Meals ruled he had swung at the pitch.

Ortiz glared at the umpire then took a walk on the next pitch.

When Ortiz came to the plate in the fifth inning, Meals called another swinging strike on appeal. This time Ortiz dropped his bat on the plate and raised his arms.

When he complained to plate umpire John Tumpane, Ortiz was ejected. It was his first ejection since July 27, 2013, and 11th of his career.


Ortiz continued to rage until manager John Farrell pushed him away from Tumpane. Ortiz flung his bat down again and left a trail of equipment on his way back to the dugout.

Daniel Nava replaced Ortiz with a 1-and-2 count and grounded out.

“The discussion was our disagreement with a couple of check-swings that Jerry Meals called,” Farrell said after an 8-3 loss. “We didn’t feel like on either one he went.”

Replays showed that Ortiz had a particularly good case on the second call. Big Papi had left the ballpark by the time reporters were allowed into the clubhouse after the game.

“He’s a competitor. Given some of the calls over the last couple of days, there’s some frustration there,” Farrell said.

Ortiz was 0 for 1 with a walk. He is hitting .231 with two homers and three RBIs in 11 games.

Dustin’s day off

Dustin Pedroia sat out his first game of the season as Brock Holt started at second base. Farrell called it a planned day off ahead of Monday’s 11 a.m. start.

“Just a day off. One of the benefits of Brock Holt, to rotate him through a number of positions,” Farrell said. “It’s a day for Dustin. It was his day to be next to us on the bench.”


Pedroia is hitting .255 with an .835 OPS that is above his career average. But he is 2 for 20 with men on base, 1 for 13 with runners in scoring position.

Holt was 1 for 5.

Hanigan recovering

Ryan Hanigan missed Sunday’s game with a sore right hand, the result of foul tips striking him Friday and Saturday.

“It’s a question of strength,” said the catcher, who hopes to play on Monday. “I got hit pretty good. But nothing is broken.”

Many catchers keep their throwing hand safely behind their backs as the pitch is delivered. Hanigan had let his hand stray in the interest of better blocking low pitches.

“I need to be more careful,” he said.

Victorino returns

Shane Victorino was back in the lineup after missing Saturday’s game with sore ribs on his left side. He crashed into the wall along the right-field line on Friday night chasing a home run ball.

Victorino was 1 for 3 with a walk.

“I feel fine. Just a little bump in the ribs,” Victorino said. “It was more precautionary. I was a little uncomfortable.”

Victorino, who has dealt with various injuries for three seasons, didn’t hesitate to hit the wall trying to make a play.

“Not at all,” he said. “Where I’m at and how I felt, I just instinctively was going after the ball and trying to make the catch. It hit my glove. That was why I was upset more than anything. It was painful, but I was upset I missed that ball and cost my team a run.”


Victorino misjudged a wind-blown fly ball in the third inning Sunday, which led to defensively challenged left fielder Hanley Ramirez cracking a few jokes in the dugout.

“Hanley told me I should have jumped like he does,” Victorino said.

Said Ramirez: “See? I’m not the only one. It’s hard out there.”

Workman hopeful

Righthanded reliever Brandon Workman, who is on the disabled list with an elbow injury, is with the team. He received a platelet-rich plasma injection from Dr. James Andrews last week.

Farrell said that, for now, Workman would remain in Boston when the team goes on the road. He is at least two or three weeks away from starting a throwing program.

Workman hopes the injection will enable him to avoid Tommy John surgery.

“That’s the plan,” he said. “I’m confident. I went this route thinking it was going to work.”

Workman, 26, said he didn’t feel any pain in his elbow until the end of March. He was an effective reliever in 2013, but was 1-10 with a 5.17 ERA as a starter last season.

The expectation is that Workman will pitch again this season.

Umpire issues

Paul Emmel, who started the game as the plate umpire, left the game with a leg injury in the fourth inning . . . Umpire Jordan Baker, who ejected Baltimore pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez on Friday, did not work the game. MLB officials said he was away on a personal matter and not being disciplined. The Orioles felt that Baker reacted too quickly in ejecting Jimenez for hitting Pablo Sandoval with a pitch.


Time has come today

Monday will be the end of a seven-game homestand for the Sox. Only two of the games had the same start time. Games have so far been played at 3:05 p.m., 6:10 p.m., 1:35 p.m. (twice), 7:10 p.m., and 4:05 p.m. Monday is the annual 11:05 a.m. start for Patriots Day. “You start your routine at a different point each day,” Farrell said . . . Craig Breslow pitched three scoreless innings in relief of Rick Porcello. He has not allowed an earned run in 9⅔ innings this season . . . Sandoval’s double in the eighth inning was his first extra-base hit of the season . . . Mookie Betts (0 for 4) is 2 of 17 in his last four games and is hitting .191 . . . Ramirez has five home runs in 11 games. Since 1980, only Pedroia (in 2010) has matched that with the Sox . . . Boston Marathon regulars Dick and Rick Hoyt were on the field for the first pitch. Dr. Bryan Lyons of Team Hoyt did the honors with the pitch.

Peter Abraham can be reached at pabraham@globe.com.