De Fratus ejected after throwing near batter

De Fratus ejected after throwing near batter

BALTIMORE -- Phillies right-hander Justin De Fratus wisely said little when asked if he tried to hit Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy with a pitch in the sixth inning Tuesday night at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

"I know what it looked like," he said after the 19-3 loss.

De Fratus had just allowed a home run to Chris Parmelee, the Orioles' seventh homer of the game, when the next pitch came inside to Hardy. The pitch missed, but home plate umpire Lance Barksdale immediately ejected De Fratus.

"Once he pointed at me, you just walk off the mound," De Fratus said.

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said that was not the time to throw a purpose pitch.

"Nah," he said. "We need him to pitch. We needed as much as we could out of him, preferably through that inning. That would have saved Frenchy [Jeff Francoeur] from going two innings. Not the time to get kicked out."

So was it intentional?

"Doesn't matter," De Fratus said. "I got tossed. That's all I can say about that."

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.