Tampa Bay Rays' reliever J.P. Howell angry at $1,000 fine amount after his outburst

Rays pitcher J.P. Howell gets in the ear of plate umpire Vic Carapazza after his ejection last week. Howell was fined $1,000 but not suspended for his outburst after Colby Rasmus’s homer.

CHRIS ZUPPA | Times

Rays pitcher J.P. Howell gets in the ear of plate umpire Vic Carapazza after his ejection last week. Howell was fined $1,000 but not suspended for his outburst after Colby Rasmus’s homer.

NEW YORK — LHP J.P. Howell did not receive a suspension for his animated outburst and ejection July 1, but he was unhappy at the $1,000 fine.

"That (stinks). That's not cool," Howell said. "A thousand bucks for that? I didn't touch him. I didn't really, I mean, whatever."

Howell, who makes $1.1 million, said he hadn't decided whether to appeal in hopes of getting the fine reduced.

"I don't want to pay a thousand," he said. "I want to get it over with, too. But a thousand bucks is steep to me. That's the max."

Upset with several pitches being called balls and then allowing a key three-run homer to the Cardinals' Colby Rasmus, Howell threw his glove, slapped away the ball tossed to him then charged toward, and got in the face of, umpire Vic Carapazza for a heated outburst.

Crew chief Dana DeMuth said after the game that they were reviewing whether Howell made contact with Carapazza, which would have led to a suspension.

"I knew I wasn't going to be," Howell said. "I could not have fathomed if I was suspended. If I was suspended, I would have not served it. There is a way I could have appealed that and got out of that because I didn't touch him. I would have been disgusted."

Two other Rays ejected that night, for making comments from the dugout, were also fined; Elliot Johnson $300 and David Price $500 (since it was his second offense). Manager Joe Maddon, who was ejected, also was fined but said he didn't yet know the amount.

Howell also questioned if the umpires were disciplined: "I wonder how much they get fined for cussing at us. But I don't think it's any."

PITCHING PLANS: With Friday's game rained out, the Rays will skip rookie RHP Jeremy Hellickson, ruining the story line of a guy with a dog named Jeter potentially giving up Derek Jeter's 3,000th hit. Instead, Price will start today and James Shields on Sunday. The Yankees will skip Freddie Garcia and start A.J. Burnett today and CC Sabathia Sunday.

DAVIS CONFIDENT: RHP Wade Davis said the forearm strain that landed him on the 15-day disabled list wasn't causing pain but more like occasional cramping, and that it was fatigued.

He also said he has no concerns — "absolutely not" — that it could be an indication of a long-term injury.

As for the decision to put him on the DL, causing him to miss at least one start: "I think right now it's one of the better things for the team. I'm fine with it."

PRICE NEXT: As a baseball fan, Price said he'd like to see Jeter get his 3,000th hit this weekend. But as a pitcher for the opposing team, he definitely does not. "I have no intention of giving up any hits to him, or anybody else," Price said.

MISCELLANY: DH Johnny Damon said his bruised and swollen left hand was still too weak to grip a bat, as it's looking less likely he will return before the All-Star break. … Triple-A Durham OF Desmond Jennings, one of the Rays' top prospects, will miss several days and next week's Triple-A All-Star Game after bruising his right index finger Thursday. Maddon said, "I don't think it's anything big." … Double-A Montgomery LHP Matt Moore was named the top pitching prospect, and No. 3 overall, on Baseball America's midseason Top 50 report.

Tampa Bay Rays' reliever J.P. Howell angry at $1,000 fine amount after his outburst 07/09/11 [Last modified: Saturday, July 9, 2011 12:23am]

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