Houston Astros relief pitcher Ken Giles has officially been sent down to the minors after putting on a less-than-sportsmanlike display on Tuesday.
Giles, who grabbed headlines for repeatedly punching himself in the face at the start of the season, may be a promising pitcher, but his behavior has been causing concern among the coaching staff. (RELATED: Watch This Astros Pitcher Punch Himself In The Face Repeatedly)
Here’s his first offense in May:
— Deadspin (@Deadspin) May 2, 2018
On Tuesday, when the Astros pulled Giles to replace him with Hector Rondon during their game against the Oakland A’s, Giles cussed out manager AJ Hinch as he left the mound.
Pretty sure he said “f you man” to Hinch on his way out pic.twitter.com/13DkLs3klO
— Scott Marvin (@ScottEMarvin) July 11, 2018
It’s not exactly difficult to make out Giles saying “f*** you, man” in that close-up shot.
Understandably, the Astros were less-than-happy about this little exhibit so they demoted him to the Triple-A Fresno team on Wednesday.
“We need to get him right. He’s not right. We need to get him right, mentally and physically,” AJ Hinch told reporters.
“I don’t know what he said,” General manager Jeff Luhnow told the Houston Chronicle. “Things are said between players and players and staff, and that’s a clubhouse issue.”
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