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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Reds Target Of Diamondback's Frustration?

Chip Hale held a team meeting in the Arizona Diamondback's clubhouse this afternoon.

Part of it dealt with the rumors that he might be fired on this road trip.  But there was a "little get together of private stuff."

While Hale wouldn't disclose the subject, he revealed the Diamondbacks were frustrated about a Dan Straily pitch that hit secondbaseman Jean Segura last night.  Segura led off the game with a home run and was hit by Staily with the first pitch in his second at bat.  Segura gestured to Straily.  Catcher Tucker Barnhart got between Segura and Straily.  The umpires warned both benches.

The incident was not forgotten in the pregame meeting in the Diamondback dugout before the second game of the series on Saturday.

"Well we talked about it (Segura being hit (it was the team-leading 8th time this season)," Hale said before the game. "First of all he stands very close to the plate.  He's going to get hit at times. It just happening after he hits home runs. So that doesn't look good. It doesn't look good for us.  It doesn't look good for the other pitcher. It's very frustrating. And then for the umpire to give a warning, it kind of takes your chance away to sort of show Jean that you're behind him. So, you know, we have to protect our teammates. That's one of the things we talk about.  We talk about it with our pitchers. They know that. And we hope that these pitchers understand that if they're going to continue to hit our players.  Especially when it looks like.  It looked like that in San Francisco. It look that last night. That the pitcher hit him because he hit a home run. There is going to be some retribution at some point."

Hale also discussed the rumors about his removal as manager.

"We talked to them about the position we're in and that's how rumors get started," Hale said. "We told them on to worry about it.  Things are O.K. Just go out and have fun."

The Reds denied they hit Segura for any reason.

"It was a get-me-over fastball that just got on him. If he thinks that I really want him on firstbase in a one-run ballgame with those three coming up (Bourn, Goldschmidt and Lamb). To me it seems like a caught in the moment. He just reacted to it. I get it. It was the last thing on my mind," Straily said after Friday night's game.

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