BRADENTON, Fla. – An umpire issuing a warning to a pitcher over a hit by pitch in spring training is about as rare as a Pirates’ World Series appearance.
However, home plate umpire Bill Welke felt it necessary to warn Clay Holmes in the fourth inning Sunday when the rookie right-hander hit Rays shortstop Willy Adames. That came after two Pirates had already been hit by Tampa Bay pitchers.
It turned out to be much ado about nothing as there were no further incidents in the Pirates’ 10-4 loss in an exhibition game at LECOM Park. The Pirates fell to 4-5 in the Grapefruit League.