Have been able to confirm that Jose Tabata is with the team in New Britain.
I can’t imagine he’d be in the starting lineup, but we won’t know that until later tonight.
I did see John Nalbone’s update — that Tony Franklin told reporters yesterday that Tabata being pulled wasn’t directly because of that play — but that could also be a way of Franklin saying that it was a culmination of many plays like it, or that something happened between Tabata and a player or coach as a result of the play that led to his being asked to leave the game.
There is also speculation that a different play may have led to an incident. According to one account, Reegie Corona chased a fly ball into medium right field in the middle of the game. It was, again according to this particular account, a ball that Tabata clearly should have waived Reegie off of. After the out, Tabata appeared to stare at Corona. When the inning was over something happened in the dugout. It looked like Tabata and another player, possibly Corona, were getting into it and there was some shoving at the home plate side of the dugout. Tabata was restrained and pulled into the tunnel. Some players went into the tunnel, Wright, Russo and possibly other players. One to two minutes later Tabata came walking out, grabbed his three bats from the rack, came to the outfield side of the dugout, retrieved his hat and glove and walked out of the dugout.
Now again, I was not at the game and can’t confirm that account, but if that is the case, this would seem to be more serious than the first incident.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com