Boston Red Sox designated hitter Jim Rice said he regretted grabbing Manager Joe Morgan and accepted his three-day suspension in an interview published Friday in The Boston Herald.
In the eighth inning of Wednesday night's contest against the Minnesota Twins, Morgan called Rice back from the plate in favor of pinch hitter Spike Owen.According to a teammate, Rice, who makes an estimated $2.2 million a year and is also the team captain, was shouting at Morgan as he returned to the dugout. He then angrily grabbed the new manager by the shoulders, but no punches were apparently thrown, witnesses said.
Rice left the dugout and returned to the locker room for the rest of the game, which Boston won in the 10th inning, improving Morgan's record to 7-0 since taking over a week ago for fired John McNamara.
Sources said the suspension would cost Rice between $25,000 and $29,000.
General Manager Lou Gorman said Rice's suspension began Thursday and the 35-year-old veteran will be eligible for Sunday's game against the Chicago White Sox.
Rice told the paper Thursday night from his home that he had no excuse for the incident.