Cardinals right-hander Chris Carpenter confronted shortstop Brendan Ryan in the dugout on Monday for not being ready for the start of the game.
Carpenter had to wait for Ryan to take his position, then get the correct glove, before beginning the bottom of the first inning.
After the inning, Carpenter asked Ryan to join him in the tunnel adjacent to the St. Louis dugout. Television cameras showed Carpenter speaking sternly to Ryan, with Ryan staring back at Carpenter, then nodding at the end of the discussion.
Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said Ryan was working in the indoor batting cage inside the clubhouse. "All of a sudden, we made three quick outs in the first inning, then he scrambled out there, and he forgot where his glove was. So Carp said, ‘Hey, what’s going on?’
"I think that’s what you’re supposed to do. You’re supposed to let guys know, first inning, I don’t want to be out there waiting. He’s ready to pitch in the top of the first and the guy’s not there."
Carpenter told reporters there was a "miscommunication" or "misunderstanding" between he and Ryan. "We’re fine. Everything is good. We’re good," Carpenter said.
Carpenter appeared to again chide Ryan in the dugout after the seventh inning, presumably because Ryan failed to get to a ground ball that became a run-scoring single. Carpenter yelled in frustration on the mound after the hit, though not directly at Ryan.
He told reporters he was just upset about allowing runs on several soft hits.
"I didn’t want to give up any runs," Carpenter said. "I was throwing the ball well and my pitch count was low, and I just wanted to keep going. And unfortunately, I found a way to get my pitch count up and get myself out of the game."
MLB.com reported Ryan left the park without speaking to the media.
St. Louis won the game, 7-3.