Astros' Hinch on Giles' demotion: He's got to sort some things out
Houston Astros reliever Ken Giles has been demoted to Triple-A after an outburst during the ninth inning of a win on Tuesday.
Left-hander Cionel Perez has been recalled to replace him.
Giles was not happy after manager A.J. Hinch took him out of the game having allowed three hits to three straight batters to start the inning.
He was so unhappy he appeared to yell an expletive at Hinch on his way off the mound.
Giles came in with a 4-0 lead in the top of the ninth against the A's, but allowed three straight singles to load the bases and was promptly removed for Hector Rondon.
All three runs scored and Oakland tied the game 4-4, which forced extra innings. Houston ultimately won 6-5 in 11 innings.
Hinch spoke to the media on Wednesday about Giles' demotion, but he did not address the outburst the reliever had when he was taken out of Tuesday's game.
"He's had success in this league, he's had success in this league this year," Hinch told reporters, via MLB.com. "But right now he's got to sort some things out to get back to be the leverage reliever that he can be."
The Astros have optioned RHP Ken Giles to Triple A Fresno and have recalled LHP Cionel Pérez from Double A Corpus Christi.— Houston Astros (@astros) July 11, 2018
General manager Jeff Luhnow addressed the situation as well, though he also avoided Tuesday's incident.
"As A.J. said, this was a baseball decision," Luhnow said, via MLB.com. "I don’t know what he said. Things that are said between players or between players and staff, that’s a clubhouse issue. That's dealt with separately. This is a baseball decision."