ST. PETERSBURG – Rays teammates Randy Arozarena and Yandy Diaz were involved in a heated incident in the Tropicana Field parking lot after Monday night’s game against the Astros, part of the reason neither two key pieces were in Tampa Bay’s lineup against Houston on Tuesday night.
Arozarena said Wednesday that there were “a couple of little things that Diaz and I had to talk about,” but said the problem had been overcome. Diaz had no comment before Wednesday’s game. Arozarena assured that during the altercation there was no physical contact.
“It was just something we had to talk about, basically. As I said, we are fine”, continued Arozarena. “I saw him today and we talked. We greet each other and everything is fine.”
When asked if the argument had been about baseball or personal issues, Arozarena replied that it was “much more than personal things, but as I said, the result that we resolved it and everything is fixed.”
News of the problem was first reported by Zac Blobner and Tom Krasniqi of WDAE 95.3 FM/620 AM, the station that broadcasts Rays games. According to the report, Arozarena and Díaz “had to be separated” after their “altercation” with “physical” contact.
“We already talked about that,” Arozarena continued. “Our goal right now is to focus on what’s happening on the field and getting to the postseason and helping this team win however we can.”
After saying Tuesday that the absence of the pair of Cubans was due to the team managing its workload, Cash acknowledged Tuesday that the incident was “part of the reason” for neither starting in the lineup on game night. Tuesday, when the Yankees were shut out for the second night in a row and saw their scoreless innings streak extend to 20 innings.
“I think with the players, you owe them what happens in the clubhouse, stays in the clubhouse,” Cash said. “But I am confident that we will get over what happened.”