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08/06/08 6:31 PM ET
Wilson apologetic after incident
Rangers closer says he regrets actions toward manager
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- Rangers closer C.J. Wilson apologized to his manager and teammates on Wednesday for his actions during Tuesday's game with the Yankees. Wilson, talking to his teammates right before stretching in the outfield, received a light round of applause, a few bumps and a hug from outfielder Milton Bradley. Apparently, the apology was accepted. "Absolutely," second baseman Ian Kinsler said. "This team doesn't hold grudges. This team has a lot of positive things going on. We want him to be a part of it, and he needs to show he wants to be a part of it." Wilson, who was dealing with a sore left elbow, came in to pitch the eighth inning of Tuesday's game and didn't do well. He walked a batter, hit one, struck out one, walked another and then gave up a grand slam to Richie Sexson that cut the Rangers' lead to 8-6. Manager Ron Washington went to the mound to make a pitching change and Wilson flipped the ball to him rather than handing it to him. Washington grabbed him on the mound and immediately reprimanded him. His teammates weren't happy with Wilson's actions and veteran reliever Edie Guardado spoke to him after the game. "I told him that was disrespectful," Guardado said. "You've got to be a man and take your lumps like a man. I've been on that side. It's tough when things don't go like you want it, but you've got to separate it the best you can. Take your lumps and move forward. Give him the ball like a man and walk off like a man." Wilson said he regretted his actions, but declined further comment. He met with Washington on Wednesday afternoon to apologize in his office. "We talked about it and it's in the past," Washington said. "He apologized and moved on. He was upset he gave up the grand slam, he was upset he put guys on the bag. He realized he acted improperly. I accepted it, now we're trying to prepare to play the Yankees." Not Wilson. He is flying to Los Angeles to be examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum and see if surgery is needed to remove bone spurs in his left elbow. Wilson had an MRI on Wednesday, but the results haven't been read yet. He was placed on the disabled list and Joaquin Benoit was activated.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.