MINNEAPOLIS — On Sunday, a New York tabloid reported that there was a “very ugly scene” between Red Sox shortstop Mike Aviles and manager Bobby Valentine during spring training.
On Monday, Aviles and Valentine denied anything happened.
Citing a source, Bill Madden of the New York Daily News wrote that there was a “near player revolt” the first week of spring training when Valentine “got all over” Aviles during infield drills. Madden described Red Sox player as confronting Valentine “with outrage” and that the manager apologized to Aviles.
“That happened? Not that I know of,” Aviles said. “It was all news to me, I’ll tell you that much. … I don’t know where that’s coming from. I don’t know anything about it.”
Said Valentine: “I just heard about it. It goes from the sublime to ridiculous doesn’t it around there? Those New York writers. If we’re going to do a full disclosure, which we better do that, at the team party that I threw, I spilled a Coke on one of the player’s wives and I apologized.”
Aviles worked out the entire first week with Dustin Pedroia, Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin Youkilis. Pedroia and Gonzalez said there was no incident.
“What?” Pedroia said. “Seriously? That didn’t happen.”
Aviles has started all but one game this season, drawing only praise from Valentine.
The Daily News had four reporters at Fenway Park over the weekend. None, Aviles said, asked him about the supposed incident.