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Notes: Rangers not happy with Padilla

Notes: Rangers not happy with Padilla

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have been in communication with the Commissioner's Office and are preparing for a suspension for pitcher Vicente Padilla after being ejected from Tuesday's game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

A decision from MLB vice president Bob Watson is expected in the next day or two. The Rangers aren't happy about the situation and almost all of their displeasure is being directed at Padilla.

"I was disappointed with how things unfolded," general manager Jon Daniels said. "We've got a lot on the line here. Our guys have put themselves in a position to contend and for something to get in the way of that is disappointing."

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The situation started unfolding Tuesday when Padilla hit Vladimir Guerrero with a pitch in the third inning. One inning later, he faced Guerrero again and came high and inside with a pitch that drew a warning from home-plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt.

Guerrero then hit a three-run home run. Padilla got Garret Anderson to line out but then hit Juan Rivera with a pitch and was ejected along with manager Buck Showalter.

Showalter, who expects a one-game suspension for himself over the incident, met with Padilla before Wednesday's game and made it clear that he was not happy with what happened.

"Believe me, we're not casting anything lightly," Showalter said. "Our conversation was pointed. One thing is we needed him out there pitching.

"Obviously, everybody from the Angels to the Yankees, everybody has to pitch inside. That's part of his success, but sometimes you can go over the edge."

Padilla does not talk to the media, but his teammates weren't happy with him either. Catcher Rod Barajas said he had no idea what Padilla was doing.

"I don't know; that's my honest-to-God answer," Barajas said. "There was nothing that was talked about beforehand. I know you guys can't do this, but you have to go ask him.

"I'm disappointed because I know there will be repercussions. You would hope people would think what the consequences are before they put their team in jeopardy, especially at this time of year. We're fighting for our life and now we won't be at full strength."

Showalter talked to Angels manager Mike Scioscia before Wednesday's game about the situation. But the Angels were still upset about the second incident between two teams in less than two weeks. Adam Eaton was ejected from the last game in Anaheim for throwing behind Anderson.

Asked about his players, Scioscia said, "They're disturbed as we're disturbed. But we're going to play baseball. I don't know what message was trying to be conveyed, but it's something that there's no need for."

Asked about retaliation, Scioscia said, "Retaliation with a baseball is not part of our package. There are other ways to express things. But our resolve is firm that we are not about beanballs."

Koronka gets assignment: John Koronka will rejoin the rotation and pitch Saturday against the Detroit Tigers. But, because of Padilla, it could be a one-game assignment as the Rangers try to manage their roster.

The Rangers called up outfielder Freddy Guzman from Triple-A Oklahoma to replace outfielder Brad Wilkerson, who was placed on the disabled list. Unless something unforeseen happens, Guzman will be here until Saturday and then be replaced by Koronka on the roster.

If Padilla gets suspended, the Rangers likely would have to call up another pitcher from Oklahoma to start on Sunday against the Tigers. Right-hander Robinson Tejeda and left-hander John Rheinecker are the two leading candidates to be called up. Most likely, Koronka then would get sent back down.

Rheinecker could get the start because Comerica Park tends to favor left-handed starters. Showalter made it clear that left-hander John Danks is not being considered for the assignment.

Matthews out: Gary Matthews Jr. was out of the lineup for only the second time in 86 games because of stiffness in his neck. He is day to day.

Jerry Hairston started in center, and Ian Kinsler moved into the leadoff spot for the first time this season. He is the sixth player used by the Rangers at the top of the lineup. The others are Matthews, Hairston, Adrian Brown, Mark DeRosa and Wilkerson.

Grand slam winners: Patty Keear of Kempner, Texas, and Aaron Schmidt of Arlington were big winners on Nelson Cruz's third-inning grand slam.

Keear won a $75,000 new home as the Palm Harbor Homes Grand Slam Inning winner. Schmidt, a soldier just back from Iraq, won the in-house Shady Oaks Barbecue Grand Slam inning, which was worth $10,000.

Briefly: Asked if Padilla's actions on Tuesday might make the Rangers reluctant to re-sign him, Daniels said, "We'll factor everything in when we approach our own potential free agents about staying here. ... Utilityman Eric Young is day to day at Oklahoma with a tender hamstring, and that's one reason why he wasn't called up on Wednesday to replace Wilkerson. ... Pitcher Frank Francisco, who was on a medical rehab assignment at Class A Spokane, has been activated off the disabled list at Double-A Frisco.

Coming up: The Rangers open a four-game series against Detroit at 6:05 p.m. CT on Thursday at Comerica Park. Right-hander Edinson Volquez pitches against former Rangers left-hander Kenny Rogers.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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