Phillies suspend Gillies after emotional outburst

GREGG DRINNAN / Kamloops Daily News
July 21, 2012 01:00 AM


Daily News Sports Editor

Outfielder Tyson of Gillies of Kamloops says he allowed his emotions to get the best of him.

The result is that he has been suspended indefinitely by the National League's Philadelphia Phillies.

"What I did was wrong," Gillies wrote in an email to The Daily News on Friday night. "I let my emotions get the best of me and said some things to our bus driver that I shouldn't have."

The oft-injured Gillies said he was frustrated because he had pulled a hamstring just four days after coming off the Class AA Reading, Pa., Phillies' disabled list. He had been out for seven weeks with a concussion.

The Phillies announced the suspension Thursday night, just before Reading played the host Trenton, N.J., Thunder.

The Phillies said only that Gillies was suspended for violation of team rules. The Eastern League Phillies have placed him on their suspended list.

Early Friday, Jay Floyd of The Shore Sports Network reported on the blog that a "source close to the R-Phils has confirmed that Gillies recently had a confrontation with the club's bus driver which escalated to an unreasonable level. The incident was described as non-physical and uncalled for."

Gillies, 23, confirmed the outburst in his email.

Dusty Wathan, the manager in Reading, told Floyd: "It's (a violation of) team policy as in Philadelphia Phillies team policy."

"I have not been told how long it will be," Wathan added. "I just know that that's what happened and he's been suspended. I guess that's up to (Phillies director of player development) Joe (Jordan) and the front office to determine how long it will be."

Philadelphia acquired Gillies from Seattle in December 2009 as part of a deal that had former Cy Young winner Cliff Lee move to the Mariners. The Phillies also got right-handers Phillippe Aumont and J.C. Ramirez in that deal.

Since the trade, Gillies has struggled with injuries.

Hamstring woes limited him to 28 games in 2010 and just three games last season. This season, he suffered a concussion in an outfield collision with teammate Jiwan James on May 26 and didn't play again until Sunday.

While rehabbing in Clearwater, Fla., during the 2010 season, he was arrested and charged with cocaine possession after being picked up by a police officer while intoxicated near a bar. At the time, Gillies was trying to flag down a ride to the motel in which he was staying. The cocaine-related charges later were dropped.

This season, in 44 games with Reading, he is hitting .291 with an on-base percentage of .372. He has seven doubles, six triples and two home runs, while walking 13 times and striking out on 31 occasions. He has scored 37 runs and driven in 16. He was 4-for-7 in two games after returning from the DL.

"I take full responsibility for my actions and will take this time to think of what I've done and get my leg back in shape," Gillies wrote. "I will end this by saying sorry to my family and other supporters out there."

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