MLB Notebook: Benched Rios not happy with treatment

Alex Rios (51) of the Chicago White Sox hits a two-run double in the 2nd inning against the Atlanta...

Alex Rios (51) of the Chicago White Sox hits a two-run double in the 2nd inning against the Atlanta Braves at U.S. Cellular Field July 19, 2013 in Chicago, IL. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP)

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, Last Updated: 10:23 PM ET

Based on the past couple of days, the Chicago White Sox clubhouse appears to be an unhappy place.

White Sox outfielder and former Toronto Blue Jay Alex Rios, benched by manager Robin Ventura Friday night after failing to run hard on a groundout, fired back Saturday through the media.

“He has to do what he has to do, you know, but the situation could’ve been handled a little better," Rios told CSNChicago.com. "If he wants to send a message to myself, it would’ve gone (over) better if he put me in his office and talked to me personally."

Prior to Saturday's game, the coach and player had yet to talk about the incident one-on-one, according to Ventura.

“Guys, they hit ground balls, they can tell kind of how it comes off the bat and you just get frustrated," Ventura said of Rios' poor base-running attempt. "It's more just kind of losing the thought when your first thought should be running down the line."

Despite the supposed tension, Rios said he has no intentions of asking to be dealt before the July 31 trade deadline.

"It feels like I’m at home right now," he said. "You know, I still would like to stay here.”

Rios, 32, is hitting .271 with 11 home runs and 42 RBI in 91 games this season. He was back in the lineup Saturday.

The White Sox, sure to be sellers at the deadline, are 38-56 and sit last in the American League Central division.

PEDROIA, RED SOX CLOSE TO EXTENSION: REPORT

The 2008 American League MVP and the only MLB team he's suited up for are on the verge of agreeing on a new deal.

Second baseman Dustin Pedroia, 29, and the Boston Red Sox, are in the process of ironing out the details of an extension, according to a Friday report from Yahoo! Sports.

The terms and dollar amount is said to be in the neighbourhood of six years and $100 million. Both Pedroia and Boston are itching to make a deal so an official announcement should come soon.

The four-time all-star's current contract runs out at the end of the 2014 season, with a club option in 2015.

BRIEFLY

Colorado Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt (appendicitis) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday … New York Yankees outfielder Zoilo Almonte (ankle) was placed on the DL Saturday … St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday (hamstring) was placed on the DL Saturday … Boston Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino (hamstring) was placed on the DL Saturday … Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez will be sidelined 10 to 14 more days due to a nagging knee injury, according to a Saturday report from FOXSports.com … A pair of Philadelphia Phillies pitchers, Mike Adams (shoulder) and Jeremy Horst (elbow), will likely be sidelined for the remainder of the season, according to a Friday report from Philly.com.

 


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