Navarro ejected in sixth, bumps ump

Navarro ejected in sixth, bumps ump

ST. PETERSBURG -- Dioner Navarro got ejected from Friday night's Rays-Blue Jays game in the sixth inning after arguing with home-plate umpire Dan Bellino.

Grant Balfour had just thrown ball two to Adam Lind to make the count 2-2 with no outs in the inning, when Navarro turned to face Bellino. The Rays catcher began jawing with him, prompting the ejection. At that point, Navarro bumped the umpire.

"[Bellino] had a good strike zone tonight," Navarro said. "I just lost it at that moment and tried to make my point, and I think I said the wrong word, and he rung me up.

"After he threw me out, I just lost my temper. I've got to keep calm, and I've got to know better than that. It was my fault, and we'll see what happens."

Whether the bump was inadvertent or not, chances are Navarro will get suspended, which means a roster move could be in order to have a backup for John Jaso, who would inherit the catching duties.

Rays manager Joe Maddon said he did not see the interaction between Navarro and Bellino, but he allowed that if Navarro did get suspended, there would be a good chance that utility man Sean Rodriguez would assume the backup catching duties, which would keep Tampa Bay from having to make a move.