ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.
Yandy Díaz and Randy Arozarena, Cuban teammates on the Rays, had an altercation after Monday’s 4-0 loss to the Astros, which was one of the reasons why Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash left them in off the bench Tuesday in a 5-0 loss to Houston.
Arozarena told reporters Wednesday night that there was no physical contact with Diaz, and that there were some things they needed to work out. She assured that things were fine between them.
“I think we owe these players the respect of keeping things private, what happens in the clubhouse, stays in the clubhouse,” Cash said before Wednesday night’s game. “I’m not going to confirm or deny or whatever, but I’m very confident that we’ll get through anything.”
Arozarena, who rose to fame in the 2020 postseason and won the AL Rookie of the Year award in 2021, was in Wednesday’s lineup. Diaz was not considered again, due to a left shoulder injury that has bothered him recently.
“His left shoulder has been giving him a little bit of a soreness on the back end of his swing,” Cash said.
Tampa Bay entered a half-game ahead of Seattle on Wednesday for the second of three AL wild-card spots.
It was possible to see Arozarena, who was following the actions of Tuesday’s game from the Rays’ bullpen.
“I didn’t know he was in the bullpen, but I couldn’t care less where he was,” Cash said. “If I had needed him to hit, I’m sure he would have run very fast to get down.”
The altercation was initially reported by Zac Blobner and Tom Krasniqi of the Rays’ flagship radio station, WDAE.