Several Boston Red Sox players were highly critical of manager Bobby Valentine in a meeting with Red Sox owners last month, and some even said they did not want to play for Valentine anymore, Yahoo! Sports reported on Tuesday.
According to the report, which used three unnamed sources, a meeting with owners John Henry and Larry Lucchino was called after a text message was sent my Adrian Gonzalez on behalf of a frustrated group of players in late July.
The meeting was held on July 26 and the players listed some of their criticisms of Valentine, including leaving Jon Lester in a game to allow 11 runs in a July 22 start, a move the players considered embarrassing to Lester.
It was one of several incidents that have caused friction between some of the players and Valentine.
Gonzalez and Dustin Pedroia were among the most vocal in the group, and they said they no longer wanted to play for Valentine.
Not all the Red Sox players attended the meeting, suggesting that a gap exists between factions in the clubhouse.
Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington confirmed the meeting to Yahoo! Sports, but said only, "The intent of the meeting was to provide a forum for people to express whatever frustration needed to be expressed at a time during the season when things were not going exactly the way we wanted to on the field in hopes that we could put whatever issues were there aside and focus on playing games the rest of the season. That was the intent of the meeting. That was the focus of ownership. It was a productive meeting. Since then, we have not gone on the run we were supposed to."
Ownership has steadfastly supported Valentine before and since the meeting,
--The Red Sox traded catcher Kelly Shoppach to the New York Mets in exchange for a player to be named later and activated closer Andrew Bailey from the 60-day disabled list.
Shoppach, 32, hit .250 (35-for-140) with 12 doubles, two triples, five home runs and 17 RBIs in 48 games for the Red Sox this season after signing with the club as a free agent in December 2011.
He started 42 games at catcher and threw out 26.9 percent of attempted base stealers (7 of 26).
--Right-handed pitcher Trevor Rosenthal was recalled from Triple-A Memphis to replace veteran left-handed reliever Brian Fuentes on the Cardinals' 25-man roster.
Rosenthal, 22, was 0-1 with a 4.50 earned-run average in four games covering four innings with the Cardinals but had fanned 13 in 10 innings in his two starts for Memphis after being optioned on Aug. 1.
Fuentes, 37, left the team for personal reasons. He has appeared in six games covering five innings for the Cardinals after being released by Oakland.
--- Los Angeles Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher has been suspended for one game and fined an undisclosed amount for a confrontation with umpire Mike Estabrook during the top of the first inning of Sunday's game against the Seattle Mariners. The suspension was announced Tuesday.
Butcher was ejected by Estabrook for aggressively disputing balls and strikes calls, and Butcher bolted from the dugout to get in the umpire's face and argue. Butcher is scheduled to serve the suspension during Tuesday's game against Cleveland.
--- The Toronto Blue Jays have signed catcher Jeff Mathis to a two-year, $3 million contact for the 2013 and 2014 seasons, with a $1.5 million dollar club option for the 2015 season, the team announced Tuesday.
Mathis, 29, is batting .215 with nine doubles, six home runs and 19 RBIs in 46 games with Toronto this year. In his 38 starts as the catcher this season, has committed just one error in 305 total chances.
--- Seattle Mariners first baseman Mike Carp has been placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left groin.
Carp, 26, left Sunday's game after stretching for a throw in the fifth inning, and he was placed on the DL for the third time this season. He is hitting .206 with five homers for the season, but was hitting .308 with a homer over the last 15 games.
First baseman Justin Smoak has been recalled from Triple-A Tacoma to take his place on the roster.
--- The San Diego Padres selected left-handed pitcher Tom Layne from Double-A San Antonio and designated left-handed pitcher Alex Hinshaw for assignment.
Hinshaw, 29, has made 31 relief appearances for the Padres this year, going 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA.
Layne, 27, has split this season between Triple-A Reno of the Arizona Diamondbacks organization as well as Triple-A Tucson and Double-A San Antonio in the Padres organization. He is 0-5 with a 3.28 ERA with San Antonio.
---Third baseman Brandon Inge was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the A's with a sprained right shoulder.
Inge dislocated his shoulder during Saturday night's game, but stayed in and hit a go-ahead single in a 9-7 victory over the White Sox. Inge told USA Today that he has dislocated the shoulder "16, 17" times. He popped the shoulder back in Saturday and kept playing.
Inge is batting .216 with 12 home runs and 52 RBIs in 82 games.
Infielder Josh Donaldson was recalled from Class AAA Sacramento.