While Prince Fielder took batting practice at Dodger Stadium before Wednesday night’s game in Los Angeles, no fewer than nine stern-faced members of the ballpark’s security staff maintained a vigilant presence outside the Milwaukee Brewers’ clubhouse.
They were on heightened alert to prevent any recurrence of what took place the night before, when the Brewers’ burly slugger stormed across the hall after Milwaukee’s 17-4 loss and attempted to force his way into the Dodgers locker room to confront reliever Guillermo Mota.
Mota hit Fielder with a fastball with two outs in the ninth inning, presumably as payback for Chris Smith grazing Manny Ramirez with a pitch two innings earlier.
“I think Prince’s actions certainly were inappropriate and regrettable, and they will be dealt with appropriately by Major League Baseball,” Brewers manager Ken Macha said.
As was the case on Tuesday night, Fielder — who played with Mota in Milwaukee last season — didn’t offer any insight as to why he reacted so violently.
“I don’t remember that. I’m just trying to play baseball and win tonight’s game,” the All-Star first baseman said. “I think he was just trying to come inside and it got away from him. He was trying to hit his spot. I wish he hit his spot, but it just missed. All that other stuff is out of my control. ... He’s not on my team now, so we’re not teammates. ... I’m not too worried about (bad) blood.”
Ballpark security was taking no chances. Usually, there’s only one guard outside each clubhouse before games.
On the extra presence, Fielder said: “This is L.A. You want to be safe.”
Pedro strikes out 11
Pedro Martinez recorded nine of his first 12 outs by strikeout and worked six innings for Double-A Reading in what might have been his final rehab start before joining the Philadelphia Phillies.
In his best start since signing a one-year deal on July 15, the 37-year-old Martinez allowed three runs and five hits without walking a batter against the New York Yankees’ Trenton affiliate. He finished with 11 strikeouts.
In the first four-inning span during which he struck out nine, Martinez gave up two hits, including a home run to shortstop Eduardo Nuñez.
Overall he looked free and easy, recording first-pitch strikes to 18 of the 23 batters he faced. He threw 82 pitches — 60 strikes.
Infielder Aaron Miles was activated by the Chicago Cubs. He had been on the disabled list since June 29 with an injured elbow. … Boston knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, out since July 18 with a lower back strain and left calf injury, threw his first bullpen session Wednesday. Right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka is scheduled for his first bullpen session today since going on the disabled list June 21 with a strain in his pitching shoulder. … Washington placed outfielder Austin Kearns on the 15-day DL because of a right thumb injury. … Houston reliever LaTroy Hawkins was fined by Major League Baseball for comments he made about umpire Mike Everitt after he was ejected from a July 27 game in Chicago for arguing balls and strikes. Among Hawkins’ comments about Everitt after the game: “Maybe he was having a bad day. I thought he had determined who he wanted to win the game anyway.”