MLB notes: BoSox bash Valentine in nasty meeting with owner

Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine (L) watches his team play the New York Yankees in the first...

Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine (L) watches his team play the New York Yankees in the first inning of their MLB American League game at Yankee Stadium in New York July 29, 2012. (REUTERS)

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Manager Bobby Valentine was ripped by Boston Red Sox players during a heated meeting with owner John Henry in late July, Yahoo Sports reported Tuesday.

The meeting was called after frustrated players sent a text message to Red Sox ownership, three sources said. First baseman Adrian Gonzalez sent the message on behalf of the others after Valentine left pitcher Jon Lester on the mound to absorb 11 runs during a game July 22, embarrassing the highly regarded left-hander.

Upper management got together with a group of players on an off-day July 26 and things quickly got nasty when some Red Sox said they no longer wanted to play for Valentine. There have been reports of clashes between the manager, in his first year on the job, and the players throughout the season.

A team spokesman said the team and Valentine declined comment.

Henry, in an e-mail to some Boston media, said: "To blame Bobby Valentine for the Red Sox being .500 at this point in the season is simply wrong."

GARZA'S SEASON OVER?

Starting pitcher Matt Garza likely is done for the season, Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Tuesday.

"To be honest with you, I'd be surprised if he pitches again this season," Sveum told WGN Radio.

Garza, 28, had been on the trading block in July but suffered a triceps injury compounded by a stress reaction in his right elbow.

The right-hander has a 5-7 record and a 3.91 earned-run average this season in 18 starts. He hasn't pitched since July 21.

Should Garza not pitch again this season it would create an obstacle for the Cubs to trade him during the off-season.

Garza, who is making $9.5 million this season, is eligible for arbitration in 2013.

METS ADD CATCHER

The New York Mets added to their bench strength Tuesday, acquiring catcher Kelly Shoppach from the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named.

Shoppach likely will work as a backup to Josh Thole down the stretch and provide power off the bench. Shoppach, 32, hit .250 with five homers and 17 RBI in 48 games with Boston.

By moving Shoppach, the Red Sox create some playing time for catching prospect Ryan Lavarnway, 25, who was called up from triple-A two weeks ago.

It also opens a spot on the roster for reliever Andrew Bailey, 28, who has been activated off the 60-day disabled list. Bailey has been out since spring training when he needed surgery on his right thumb.

ARGUMENTATIVE ANGEL SUSPENDED

Los Angeles Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher was slapped with a one-game suspension Tuesday for leaving the dugout to argue balls and strikes with umpire Mike Estabrook.

The incident happened after just three batters in the first inning Sunday in a game against the Seattle Mariners. Butcher, disagreeing on a couple of calls on pitches by Jered Weaver, complained vociferously with Estabrook and was ejected.

Butcher also was fined an undisclosed amount.

BRIEFLY

The St. Louis Cardinals placed pitcher Brian Fuentes on the restricted list Tuesday. Fuentes, 37, told the team he needs to step away from the game because of personal reasons. He has allowed five runs on six hits over five innings with the Cardinals. Reliever Trevor Rosenthal was recalled from triple-A Memphis ... The Royals are requesting unconditional release waivers on shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt, the Kansas City Star reported ... Oakland third baseman Brandon Inge has been placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a sprained right shoulder. Inge was hurt during a game Saturday but stayed in and hit a go-ahead single for the A's in a 9-7 win over the Chicago White Sox. Inge told USA Today he has dislocated the shoulder "16, 17" times. He popped the shoulder back in Saturday and kept playing. The's recalled infielder Josh Donaldson from triple-A Sacramento ... The Arizona Diamondbacks have placed pitcher Takashi Saito on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left hamstring. Saito has no decisions and a 6.14 earned-run average this season. The Diamondbacks added pitcher Mike Zagurski to their roster from triple-A Reno ... The Seattle Mariners have placed first baseman Mike Carp on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left groin and recalled first baseman Justin Smoak from triple-A Tacoma. This will be the third stint on the DL this season for Carp, 26.


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