Hillenbrand was cut by Toronto during a 5-4 loss to the Texas
Rangers on Wednesday night, when the designated hitter and corner
infielder refused to sit in the dugout after he was chastised in a
Hours before, Hillenbrand criticized the organization and said
he expected to be traded. He was upset because he wasn't in the
starting lineup for the second consecutive game and nobody in
Toronto's front office congratulated him on adopting a baby girl
"Normally, you see Shea with a smile on his face and joking
around," said Wells, who talked to Hillenbrand before he left the
clubhouse. "It was hard for a lot of us to take. It's just
something you don't see that often. I know it hit me hard."
The Blue Jays held a meeting before the game. Hillenbrand,
reached by The Toronto Star during the game, said manager John
Gibbons admonished him in front of the team.
"Gibby called a team meeting and then he stood up and reamed me
out in front of my teammates," Hillenbrand told the newspaper.
"I'm very disappointed about what he did and I find it very
Hillenbrand was designated for assignment during the game and
was not in the locker room afterward.
"It will do wonders for the clubhouse," Gibbons said.
General manager J.P. Ricciardi cited irrevocable differences and
said: "His version of events are different from ours."
Hillenbrand was batting .301 with 12 homers, 15 doubles and 39
RBI. The Blue Jays have 10 days to trade, release or send him
outright to the minors.
Wells said the players called the meeting, but Gibbons had
something to say.
Frank Catalanotto called the whole scenario "weird."
"We'll find a way to get through it," said Catalanotto, whose
team hosts the second-place New York Yankees in an important
four-game series starting Thursday.
"This win will be good for the morale of the team," Matthews
Texas came back from a 2-0 deficit Tuesday night with five runs
in the eighth inning, ending an offensive slump. They scored just
four runs in their previous four games.
"The last two games have been very similar," Texas manager
Buck Showalter said. "To come here and take two of three is
Lyle Overbay homered for the Blue Jays, who have lost two
Millwood (10-5) allowed three runs and six hits in seven
innings, striking out five and walking none. Vicente Padilla also
got his 10th win for Texas on Tuesday.
Wells cut it to 5-4 with an RBI double off Francisco Cordero in
the eighth. Overbay followed with an infield single, but Cordero
escaped the jam by getting Zaun on a fly to center.
Reed Johnson's two-run double in the fifth gave Toronto a 3-1
The Rangers rallied in the seventh on DeRosa's two-run homer off
Janssen (6-9) and Matthews' two-run double off Justin Speier.
Janssen allowed five runs -- four earned -- and six hits in 6 2/3
innings. He's winless in his last four starts.
"We just have to stick together as a team," Janssen said.
Toronto 3B Troy Glaus missed his third straight game with a
sore right knee. Gibbons hopes Glaus will play Thursday against the
New York Yankees. The Blue Jays are also missing RF Alex Rios, who
could be sidelined at least another week with an infection in his