Tigers demote Anthony Gose to Double-A after argument with Lloyd McClendon

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On Saturday, during the first game of a doubleheader, outfielder Anthony Gose and Triple-A Toledo manager Lloyd McClendon got into an argument, resulting in Gose being pulled from the game and being benched for game two. Gose didn’t show up for Sunday’s game.

The Tigers’ brass looked into the situation and decided to demote Gose to Double-A Erie, Matthew B. Mowery of The Oakland Press reports. In a statement Tigers GM Al Avila said:

After collectively evaluating the situation in Toledo, we spoke with Anthony and emphasized our organization’s expectations of him. Most importantly, Anthony’s transfer to Erie is a move to give him a fresh start to his overall performance as he works his way back to Detroit.

It wouldn’t have been surprising if the Tigers had decided to release him, as teams typically have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to insubordination. However, the team chose to give him a second chance. It’s good that the club moved Gose, ostensibly temporarily, so that he wouldn’t immediately return to what could be a toxic environment.

Gose has had a rough year, batting .185/.255/.266 with only 11 extra-base hits in 206 plate appearances with the Toledo Mud Hens.

Phils’ Hoskins tears knee, expected to miss significant time

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CLEARWATER, Fla. — Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins needs surgery for a torn ACL after injuring his left knee Thursday fielding a grounder in a spring training game and is expected to miss a significant amount of time.

The Phillies did not say when Hoskins would have the surgery or exactly how long the slugging first baseman might be sidelined.

Hoskins hit 30 homers with 79 RBIs last season for the reigning National League champions.

He was backing up to play a chopper on Thursday when the ball popped out of his glove. Sooner after, he fell to the ground and began clutching his left knee. Teammates gathered around him before he was taken off of the field.

Hoskins, a free agent at the end of the season who turned 30 last week, hit six homers in Philadelphia’s playoff run last season. The Phillies lost to the Houston Astros in the World Series.

The injury was another blow for the Phillies, who will be without top pitching prospect Andrew Painter for another few weeks because of a sprained ligament in his right elbow. And slugger Bryce Harper isn’t expected back until around the All-Star break after undergoing Tommy John surgery in November.