Tigers SP Buck Farmer Denies Intentionally Hitting Umpire with Pitch vs. Indians

Cleveland Broadcasters Suggest The Tigers Purposely Injured An Umpire

When the visibly shaken umpire eventually sat up, video shows him asking "They didn't do that on goal, did they?" Cleveland's TV broadcasters soon speculated that Farmer and catcher John Hicks may have conspired to hit the umpire on objective, saying the pitch "would raise eyebrows".

"The fact that's even a question is appalling", Farmer told reporters. When you look at the situation, it's stupid to even think about.

Wolcott had ejected Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus and catcher James McCann for arguing about the strike zone two batters earlier. McCann had some words for home plate umpire Quinn Wolcott after a Jay Bruce walk in the bottom of the third inning and was quickly tossed. Yandy Diaz lined out to left with the bases loaded.

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Farmer then unleashed a fastball high and inside that sealed past the glove of Hicks and hit Wolcott directly on the shoulder.

Wolcott was not the only person in the ballpark Wednesday who found it curious that a miscommunication between Farmer Hicks led to him getting beaned so soon after the ejections.

"I heard the Indians broadcast. To imply that that was intentional is, first of all, a lie", Ausmus said. If any player were to intentionally try to hurt one of the umpires on the Tigers, we would deal with it quite severely.

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