If Sean Rodriguez could turn the clock back to Sunday morning, he certainly would. The Rays infielder has been spending time with the team’s Triple-A club in Durham, but he was set to be called back up to the majors on Sept. 1 when teams expand their rosters. Because of a lapse in judgment over the weekend, that won’t be happening.
Rodriguez punched a locker in frustration after Durham’s game on Sunday and fractured his hand. The injury could cost him the rest of the season.
“It was obviously stupid and immature,” he said by phone Monday according to the Tampa Tribune. “I’m just hoping it doesn’t affect the team too much. The minute it happened I regretted it. It was just dumb. It is inexcusable.”
Rays manager Joe Maddon said he understands why a player might get upset — especially after spending time in the minors — but added that it is “unfortunate” he decided to hit something.
“It’s too bad because he fits really well right now,” Maddon said. “We sent him down with specif