After Manny Machado injured Dustin Pedroia sliding into second base on Friday, Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes was ejected on Sunday for throwing near Machado’s head. Pedroia, who was still out injured, was quick to deny involvement. During the game, he could be seen talking to Machado, appearing to say, “That’s not me.”
The incident occurred in the 8th inning, when Barnes through high and inside on Machado:
Matt Barnes gets ejected for hitting a bat? Pitches at Manny Machado's head. ??? pic.twitter.com/7eBwWbFKNl
— TheRenderMLB (@TheRenderMLB) April 23, 2017
Afterward, Pedroia and Machado engaged in conversation during the middle of the game. The Red Sox second baseman seemed to be telling Machado, “That’s not me, it’s them”:
What a fascinating exchange between Dustin Pedroia and Manny Machado. pic.twitter.com/37thWTjziK
— Mike Cole (@MikeColeNESN) April 23, 2017
In the postgame, Pedroia offered a full explanation:
Dustin Pedroia's full thoughts: pic.twitter.com/CD1m40xlKa
— Brian MacPherson (@brianmacp) April 23, 2017
And Barnes, for his part, denied throwing intentionally at Machado’s head:
Barnes: "I would never intentionally throw at someone's head. That's a line you don't cross."
— Tom Caron (@TomCaron) April 23, 2017
Machado texted Pedroia after the Friday game, apologizing for the slide. The Orioles’ third baseman had a succinct response to the events.
“That’s on them,” Machado explained after the Sunday game. “Whatever happened today, I’m going to keep (being) me.”