New York manager Joe Girardi said something about "whiplash", and Rodriguez did spend some time in the trainer's room, but the catcher said it was nothing serious.
"I'm doing fine," Rodriguez said. "I'm doing good."
There was no word of suspensions. Maybe that'll come -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia said nobody from the league had called him with questions -- but it shouldn't.
Pudge elbowed Hunter, Hunter shoved back, there was an open-handed slap (nobody threw any punches) ... and then, following the ejections, the two met in a tunnel below Angel Stadium, apologized to each other and then did one of those handshake-hugs.
And that was before each was quoted offering apologies in the morning newspapers.
Rodriguez and Hunter settled it all on their own, like a couple of mature men.
Shouldn't baseball applaud that as a model for how others who lose their temper should behave?
"I'm not anticipating any suspensions," Scioscia said. "You never know what the league is going to do, but it was pretty benign.
"Those two guys are two classy guys. They play the game hard. They play to win. It was an unfortunate incident, but it really was rather mild."
The apology occurred when Rodriguez sent an envoy to the Angels' clubhouse to apologize to Hunter. At that point, Hunter, wanting to talk with Pudge himself, told the guy to ask Pudge to come out of the clubhouse and into the tunnel.
The conversation went from there.
"Pudge and I have had mutual respect for all these years," Hunter said. "It's like any pickup game at the gym. It can be your brother who fouls you as you're going for a layup. You might push your brother or friend, like, 'Hey, what are you doing?!'
"It was kind of like that."
It did make for a semi-light-hearted moment shortly after the ejections.
As the game was resuming, with emotions still overflowing and the Los Angeles dugout not quite settled down, Angels media relations director Larry Babcock phoned downstairs from the press box to inquire whether there were any ejections besides Hunter and Rodriguez so he could relay the information along to the broadcasters and other media.
The telephone in the dugout rang and rang. Finally, because nobody else was answering, outfielder Garret Anderson picked up. After speaking briefly with Babcock, Anderson hollered to his manager -- "Hey, Mike, it's for you!" -- before Babcock could ask for bench coach Ron Roenicke.
As you might expect, any manager -- Scioscia included -- doesn't really take kindly to being disturbed in the middle of a game. Which is why Babcock was seeking Roenicke.
The conversation went something like this:
"Hey Mike, I'm just double-checking whether there were any other ejections," Babcock asked.
"Of course there were ejections," Scioscia snapped.
"No, I know Hunter and Rodriguez were ejected. I just need to know whether there were any others. ..."
Um, that would be a no. And now, back to live action. ...