Tomas pulled for apparent lack of hustle

D-backs manager Hale says outfielder will play in finale

Tomas pulled for apparent lack of hustle

HOUSTON -- D-backs outfielder Yasmany Tomas was pulled from Saturday night's 9-2 loss to the Astros in the bottom of the sixth inning apparently for not running hard enough on a grounder to first base in the top half of the inning.

Tomas hit a grounder to first baseman Chris Carter and jogged what looked to be about two-thirds of the way down the line before Carter stepped on the bag and Tomas turned back around to head to the dugout.

When asked after the game if Tomas was removed for not hustling, D-backs manager Chip Hale declined to reveal the reason.

"You know what, that's between Yasmany and myself," Hale said. "We take care of this stuff inside the family here."

Hale was asked if Tomas was in any way injured, and he said no.

"He'll be back in there [Sunday]," Hale said. "We just got him out of the game, but like I said, he'll be back in there [Sunday]."

Tomas did not shed any light on the subject when he was asked about it after the game.

"That was something between me and the manager," Tomas said through his interpreter Ariel Prieto. "He made the decision to take me out of the game."

Did he have a problem with being removed?

"No," he said. "I'm ready for the game [Sunday]."

Does he understand why he was removed?

"Me and the manager were talking and that's it," Tomas said. "We're good."

When asked if he thought he played hard Saturday night, Tomas said, "Yes. Every day I try to do that, 100 percent every single day."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.