Upton's agent reportedly upset with Rays' GM
Tampa Bay Devil Rays: On the heels of being called "cheap" by their top prospect two days ago, the Devil Rays took another hit from the agent of another prized youngster.
B.J. Upton's agent, Larry Reynolds, told The Tampa Tribune he didn't appreciate comments made Tuesday by GM Chuck LaMar that called into question Upton's future position in the major leagues.
"I'm tired of reading about the club's opinion of B.J. Upton in the paper," Reynolds told The Tribune. "If they don't think he can play shortstop, they should seriously think about trading him."
LaMar reportedly said Upton is "ready to play offensively," but questioned whether he will become the everyday shortstop at the major-league level. Upton committed 53 errors at shortstop, giving him 153 in his first three professional seasons.
LaMar told the paper: "If not, personally, my decision would be to move him to third base and let him play there."
Delmon Young's agent, Arn Tellem, said Monday, "We are extremely disappointed that the Devil Rays have failed to reward Young for his success on the field."
The center fielder left the game with a cut on his right middle finger in the third inning. He injured it as he got his 67th infield hit and 29th bunt single, both major league highs.
"He'll be out for a few days, but we don't know a time frame on that yet," Astros manager Phil Garner told the Houston Chronicle.
Taveras, who had X-rays and five stitches after leaving the game, told the paper he initially thought he broke it.
Also, the Astros recalled outfielder Charlton Jimerson from Triple-A Round Rock on Wednesday.
Jimerson hit .304 with an RBI in seven games at Round Rock after spending most of the season at Double-A Corpus Christi, where he batted .259 with 16 home runs, 44 RBIs and 27 stolen bases in 115 games.
Astros manager Phil Garner said he didn't anticipate Jimerson starting, but mostly being used as a pinch-runner.
Guillen took a called third strike from Kris Benson leading off the inning. After he went back to the bench, he was thrown out of the game by plate umpire Bill Miller, sparking a tantrum from the volatile Guillen.
"He yelled and cursed at me out of the dugout," Miller said. "I ejected him. That's it."
Guillen first tossed a batting helmet out of the dugout. After a bat boy retrieved that, he threw a few bats onto the field. Once those were collected, he tossed a shinguard.
"It was a ball," Guillen said. "I don't like it, I let my anger come out, I did whatever I need to do."
Guillen, ejected for the first time this season, was 1-for-3.
"A lot of these umpires, they think that fans come to the stadium to see them," Guillen said. "It's not right. Right now it looks like they have full power in baseball. They can do whatever they want and they get away with it."
"He had to top me," Robinson said.
Barrett remained on the ground for several minutes as he was attended to by trainer Mark O'Neal, but was able to walk off the field.
Barrett was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for a CT scan. Results will not be made available until Thursday.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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