Tigers outfielder Anthony Gose, currently playing for Triple-A Toledo, got into a heated argument with manager Lloyd McClendon during the third inning in the first game of Saturday’s double-header against Louisville. McClendon removed Gose from the game and banished him from the dugout, George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press reports. Gose didn’t report for Sunday’s 4:05 PM EDT series finale against Louisville.
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has been made aware of the situation, but said he still doesn’t know all of the details. McClendon didn’t say anything.
The situation appeared to arise in the first inning of the first game. A fly ball was hit in between Gose in right field and center fielder JaCoby Jones. Gose gave way to Jones, who dove but couldn’t come up with the ball, resulting in a triple for the batter, Tony Renda. Jones was pulled from the game in the bottom of the first after hitting a pop-up and getting a slow start to first base. Two innings later, McClendon and Gose went at it, described as “a loud, animated dugout argument.”
Gose reportedly cleared out his locker after the game. The 25-year-old was acquired by the Tigers on November 13, 2014 from the Blue Jays in exchange for Devon Travis. Gose has been a subpar hitter, but his speed has been an asset, swiping 23 bases in 35 attempts as a Tiger. He’s been at Triple-A since mid-May, where he’s hit .185/.255/.266 in 206 plate appearances.
Obviously, this is not a situation that reflects well on Gose and it could hurt his ability to find work going forward.