San Diego Padres catcher Yorvit Torrealba was suspended for three games Wednesday after making contact with an umpire.
Torrealba said he planned to appeal the penalty. That would allow him to keep playing until a hearing was held.
“Three days is way too much. I didn’t mean to touch him,” Torrealba said.
Torrealba was ejected in the ninth inning of Monday’s 6-3 home loss to the Blue Jays for arguing with umpire Larry Vanover after taking a called third strike. He also was fined an undisclosed amount.
Torrealba, who did not play Wednesday against Toronto, said the brim of his helmet made contact with Vanover.
“I wanted to let him know what I was thinking,” he said. “He was really inconsistent. I don’t think it was fair.”
“I understand they’re going to miss calls — they’re human like we are,” he added. “But when you ask, they sometimes talk to you like you’re a little kid. They are so defensive now. We’ve been having some really bad umpires and some really bad calls.”
KANSAS CITY GETS 2012 ALL-STAR GAME
The 2012 All-Star Game will be played in Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium.
Commissioner Bud Selig made the formal announcement Wednesday at the newly renovated ballpark, following through on a promise he made when Jackson County voters approved a sales tax increase in 2006 to finance work at Kauffman and Arrowhead Stadium, home of the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs, that totaled more than $500 million.
Selig was a close friend of Ewing Kauffman, the late founder of the Royals and recalled attending the All-Star game with him in 1973, the year the facility opened as Royals Stadium.
The Angels put infielder Maicer Izturis on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left forearm. Utility infielder Robb Quinlan, who was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake when reliever Sean O’Sullivan was recalled from the minors earlier in the day, instead remained with the Angels. … The Royals put pitcher Luke Hochevar on the 15-day DL with a strained right elbow. The Royals called up right-hander Anthony Lerew from Triple-A Omaha, and he will start today against Houston. … San Jose, Calif., is moving forward with plans for a potential new baseball stadium for the Oakland Athletics, who are considering a move to San Jose. … The Pirates designated second baseman Aki Iwamura, their highest-paid player, for assignment. They called up third baseman Pedro Alvarez. … The Dodgers put right-hander Chad Billingsley on the 15-day DL because of a groin injury and called up right-handed reliever Travis Schlichting.