Dustin Pedroia calls Matt Barnes throwing at Manny Machado a ‘mishandled situation’

"That's not how you do that."

Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia stands in the dugout during a game against the Baltimore Orioles.
Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia stands in the dugout during a game against the Baltimore Orioles. –AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

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:

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”:

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In the postgame, Pedroia offered a full explanation:

And Barnes, for his part, denied throwing intentionally at Machado’s head:

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.”