MINNEAPOLIS, JUNE 29 -- Baltimore Orioles catcher Mickey Tettleton said this evening he regrets the incident that ended with his unusual removal from Thursday's game at Memorial Stadium against the Cleveland Indians.
He had begun warming up Kevin Hickey for the top of the ninth inning, when Manager Frank Robinson came to home plate and confronted him for continuing to argue with home plate umpire Larry Barnett about strike calls Barnett made while Tettleton struck out looking in the bottom of the eighth.
Tettleton, whose yelling from the bench after he had struck out prompted Barnett to call time and approach the dugout, became engaged in a heated confrontation with Robinson. After a few moments of angry repartee, Robinson signaled for Bob Melvin to replace Tettleton -- essentially ejecting his own player.
"I just regret that it happened," said Tettleton, who met with Robinson here this afternoon to discuss the incident and was in tonight's starting lineup as designated hitter. "It was a heat-of-the-moment deal."
Before the Orioles' 6-2 victory last night against the Minnesota Twins, Baltimore had lost six of their last seven, seven of nine and 12 of 15. Tettleton entered the game with one hit in his previous 16 at-bats. He went two for three with a walk in tonight's victory.
"We haven't been playing that badly," Tettleton said before the game. "We've had chances to win games and we haven't been able to do it. But we had a good talk and everything is fine." Back Troubles
Left-handed reliever Joe Price was put on the 15-day disabled list because of muscle spasms in his back.
As expected, right-hander Curt Schilling was recalled from Class AAA Rochester.
Schilling, obtained from the Red Sox along with outfielder Brady Anderson in a July 1988 trade that sent pitcher Mike Boddicker to Boston, is making his first pre-September appearance on the Orioles roster after being called up during the annual late-season roster expansions in 1988 and '89.
While trying to perfect his slider, he had a 4-4 record and 3.92 ERA this season in 15 games (14 starts) for the Red Wings. He was second in the International League with 83 strikeouts in 87 1/3 innings. He walked 25.
Robinson said he will work out of the bullpen.
To make room for Price on the 15-day disabled list, Brady Anderson (sprained ankle) was moved to the 21-day disabled list.