Bucs TV voice, La Russa have exchange over HBPs

Bucs TV voice, La Russa have exchange over HBPs

PITTSBURGH -- D-backs chief baseball officer Tony La Russa entered the Pirates TV booth during Tuesday night's game to dispute what the broadcasters were saying on the air.

La Russa's emotions apparently were running high after Pirates reliever Arquimedes Caminero hit both Jean Segura and Nick Ahmed in the head with pitches in the seventh and eighth innings, respectively. In between those two hit by pitches, Pirates third baseman David Freese was hit by an Evan Marshall pitch.

"I never have stood for inaccuracies," La Russa told The Arizona Republic on Wednesday when asked if he confronted the Pirates broadcasters. "So I corrected the inaccuracies. It's about taking responsibility. If you're going to speak untruths then you're going to get challenged, and you should be responsible for what you say. I am. I reacted."

Segura exits the game

After reading that story, Pirates broadcaster Greg Brown gave his side of the story during the fourth inning of Thursday's broadcast.

Brown said La Russa entered the booth as the broadcast was coming back from break following the bottom of the seventh, the half inning in which Freese was hit. La Russa took issue with comments made by Brown, right after Freese was hit, as the cameras showed La Russa sitting in the visiting GM booth.

"My exact words were, 'There he is as manager of the Cardinals, A's and White Sox, always believe that you had to, well, essentially retaliate even though Caminero wasn't trying to hit Segura,'" Brown said during Thursday's broadcast. "Then when the final outs were made in the bottom half of that inning, I was startled when we were about to come back from a commercial break to be standing there alongside none other than Tony La Russa, who was really upset with what I had said."

Caminero ejected after HBP

Brown said the discussion was "heated" and that he had not wanted to publicize the exchange, but that changed when he read La Russa's comments in The Arizona Republic.

"I didn't speak any untruths," Brown said. "I spoke completely accurately, and I'll stand by every word I said. I didn't want it to get to this point. I don't want to get into any more squabbles. But I need to tell my side of the story, and that's that. Unfortunate. I don't like the fact that we're even talking about it now, but I want to defend myself and the Pirates and this organization."

The two teams have a history of disagreements over hit by pitches.

In 2014, Pirates right-hander Ernesto Frieri hit D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt with a pitch that fractured his left hand and forced him to miss the rest of the season.

The D-backs retaliated the next night when Randall Delgado hit Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen in the back. McCutchen later would go on the disabled list, but it was unclear if it was related to the hit by pitch.

While the D-backs said after Tuesday's game that they didn't believe the Pirates intentionally hit either Segura or Ahmed, they criticized the Pittsburgh organization for encouraging pitchers to throw inside when they lack the control necessary to do it safely.

"You know what, when guys get hit in the head and they get hit in the face, there's no place for that in the game," D-Backs manager Chip Hale said after Tuesday's game. "And if the guy is not trying to do it, then he shouldn't be here at this level. If you can't have enough control to not hit people up there, it's just not acceptable. Especially twice in one game."

Hale on physical game vs Pirates

Caminero was ejected from the game and afterward told head athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk that his left quad had been bothering him. He was placed on the 15-day DL on Wednesday.

"He got to a point after [Tuesday] night that he couldn't compete and do the things that he needed to do as a professional pitcher," Tomczyk said. "Therefore it was in his best interest that he takes a pause for competing, we allow this to calm down, allow this body part to heal and build him back up accordingly."

Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry.

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

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