Lance Lynn Ejected in Cardinals Spring Training Debut

Lance Lynn Ejected in Cardinals Spring Training Debut

Lance Lynn’s return to the St. Louis Cardinals was marred by an early ejection in his first spring training start. The incident occurred during a game against the Washington Nationals on Friday night, when Lynn exchanged words with home plate umpire Ángel Hernández.

According to reports, the altercation began when Hernández allegedly made comments towards the Cardinals’ dugout. Lynn responded by defending his teammates, leading to a heated exchange. Hernández then ejected Lynn from the game, prompting the pitcher to throw a few more pitches in the bullpen before being ordered to leave.

Lynn’s ejection came in the third inning, which was scheduled to be his last frame. He had allowed four runs on three hits and three walks in a combined two innings of work. The Cardinals’ manager, Oliver Marmol, was also ejected during the incident.

Lynn’s ejection is a significant development for the Cardinals, who are counting on the veteran right-hander to be a key part of their rotation this season. Lynn was part of the Cardinals’ World Series title in 2011 and played his first six big league seasons with the team. He has since played with five other teams before re-signing with St. Louis in November.

The incident also highlights the ongoing controversy surrounding Hernández, who has been criticized for his umpiring decisions in the past. In 2018, he had three calls at first base overturned by video reviews during Game 3 of the AL Division Series between the New York Yankees and Boston.

Despite the ejection, Lynn remains confident in his abilities and is eager to contribute to the Cardinals’ success. He is guaranteed $11 million as part of his deal, getting $10 million this season with a $10 million team option for 2025 that includes a $1 million buyout.