NESN’s Heidi Watney caught up with Maddon before Tuesday’s game with the Red Sox and asked him about his decision not to play Upton in the series opener.
“I just chose not to play him [Tuesday],” Maddon said. “I’m just looking at everything that’s occurred over the last couple of days, yes, but primarily about tonight having a different group of players that are eligible to play. I like the lineup that we’re throwing out there against John [Lackey].”
On Sunday, Upton jogged after a ball in the gap in a game against the Diamondbacks, a move that upset Rays third baseman Evan Longoria. Longoria and Upton were seen in the dugout in between innings in a heated argument.
“A lot of times when you have an incident like that, it makes the group stronger,” Maddon said of the altercation. “Sometimes things boil over a bit. … It’s a good thing when emotions are let out and not held within and people at that point speak frankly about what they’re thinking.”
Check out the video below for more of Heidi’s conversation with Maddon from Red Sox Gameday Live.