Houston Astros manager ejected after just one pitch

The Associated Press

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch was ejected by plate umpire Angel Hernandez one pitch into the bottom of the first inning of Friday night’s split squad game against St. Louis.

Hernandez called Daniel Ponce de Leon’s first pitch to Astros leadoff man George Springer a strike. Moments later, Hernandez turned to the Houston dugout and appeared to say something while gesturing.

Hinch emerged from the bench and began a lengthy and at times heated conversation with Hernandez at home plate.

First base umpire CB Bucknor attempted to intervene, but Hinch wouldn’t leave the plate area. At one point, Hernandez clapped his hands as if to say let’s go, argument over.

Hinch mockingly clapped back at him.

As Hinch grew more agitated, he was restrained by both Springer and coach Alex Cintron. Hinch appeared to bump both Hernandez and Bucknor at least once each.

The argument took long enough that Ponce de Leon elected to throw a warmup pitch, doing so while Hinch stood in the right-handed batter’s box, his back to the plate.

Hinch stopped to talk for several seconds with third base umpire Mike Estabrook on his way down the left field line to the Astros’ clubhouse.

Severino out

TAMPA, Fla. — New York Yankees ace Luis Severino will miss all of April because of right shoulder inflammation.

Severino had been scheduled to start on opening day on March 28 but was scratched from his first planned spring training appearance on March 5. He felt discomfort after throwing his first slider in a pregame bullpen session.

Severino is set to resume playing catch next week.

Severino is a two-time All-Star who is 41-25 with a 3.51 ERA. He went 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA last year but lost five of his last 11 decisions.

Outfield blues

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Washington Nationals outfielder Michael A. Taylor will be sidelined with a sprained left knee and sprained left hip, leaving the club thin at that position with opening day less than two weeks away.

He favored his left leg as he limped through the clubhouse earlier in the day before heading to have an MRI. Taylor had been set to enter the season as one of Washington’s top four outfielders; it appeared he was going to be the first one off the bench, behind starters Adam Eaton in right, Juan Soto in left and rookie Victor Robles in center.

Robles and Taylor are the only true center fielders available to the team.