Bumgarner ejected after awkward ump exchange

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Madison Bumgarner was ejected Wednesday from the game against the Miami Marlins after an apparent altercation during a check for foreign substances.

Bumgarner was ejected after the bottom of the first inning by first base umpire Dan Bellino, who was inspecting the veteran southpaw’s pitching hand.

Bellino checked Bumgarner’s hand longer than the process generally takes and appeared to stare at the left-hander for a few seconds during the awkward exchange. After the check was complete, Bumgarner said something to Bellino, who immediately ejected the four-time All-Star.

Bumgarner reacted furiously and began arguing with Bellino before the two were separated by Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo and catcher Jose Herrera.

It was the second career ejection for Bumgarner, who also was tossed on June 11, 2018, for arguing balls and strikes.

Bumgarner earlier appeared to disagree with a call by plate umpire Ryan Wills on a close pitch to Miami’s Garrett Cooper. The left-hander was replaced by Corbin Martin at the start of the second inning.

Bumgarner, 32, is 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA in six starts this season, his third with the Diamondbacks.

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