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Joe Girardi ejected for arguing check-swing call

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 24: Manager Joe

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 24: Manager Joe Girardi #28 of the New York Yankees argues with first base umpire Alan Porter after he was thrown out of the game in the third inning at Yankee Stadium on June 24, 2015 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) Credit: Getty Images / Jim McIsaac

Joe Girardi got knocked out of Wednesday's game with the Phillies in the third inning. The umpire didn't like the way he was throwing around his words.

Maikel Franco was at bat with a 1-and-2 count and Girardi thought Ivan Nova's next pitch should have been a swinging strike three, but first-base umpire Alan Porter ruled that Franco checked his swing in time. "I told him he swung," Girardi said. "He said something. I said, 'He swung.' He said, 'Knock it off.' I said I'd knock if off if he got the call right. And he threw me." Franco struck out after the ejection.

In the first inning, Alex Rodriguez was hit in the left thigh by Cole Hamels and plate umpire Brian O'Nora warned both benches. Franco had been hit by a pitch the night before. "I tried to explain to Brian," Girardi said. "It was a 6-6 game in the seventh. He just didn't like what he saw. I don't necessarily agree with that, but there's a lot of things I don't agree with."

Rodriguez, who winced in pain when he was hit, said he was not hurt by the pitch.

Miller throws on flat ground

Andrew Miller threw from 60 feet on flat ground for the first time since going on the disabled list with a strained muscle in his left forearm on June 10. "I think you just have to build up," Miller said. "I'll throw a little bit longer [Thursday]."'

But there is no timetable for Miller to throw from a mound. "I don't know, I don't think anybody can honestly answer that," said the Yankees' closer, who had 17 saves before he went on the DL. "I'm sure there's an ideal situation and there's reality. I think assuming I recover well and everything goes well, I still think that you just don't know."

Ryan returns to DL

Girardi said Brendan Ryan is back on the disabled list with a right thoracic strain in his upper back. That left the Yankees with no backup shortstop against the Phillies, but Girardi said roster moves will be made before Thursday night's game in Houston. He said Stephen Drew, who has been on paternity leave for the birth of his daughter, is expected to make the trip.

With Erik Bacharach

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