Phillies Prospect Tyson Gillies Suspended For Outburst With Bus Driver

Gillies (Akira Suwa/Inquirer)

READING, PA — The other day, it was found out that Phillies centerfield prospect Tyson Gillies was suspended for disciplinary reasons.

Today, details came out on why Gillies was given a ban.

Gillies, 23, of the AA Reading Phillies, was suspended an undisclosed amount of games for an outburst on an R-Phils bus driver.

Matt Gelb writes that Gillies was emotional according to a source because he had re-injured his hamstring just days after returning from a concussion that kept him out of action for seven weeks.

The source said that Gillies verbally berated the bus driver but did not physically harm him.

In an email to his hometown newspaper, The Kamloops (B.C.) Daily News, Gillies apologized for the incident.

“What I did was wrong,” Gillies, 23, told the paper. “I let my emotions get the best of me and said some things to our bus driver that I shouldn’t have.”

This isn’t the first incident involving Gillies, who was a part of the deal that sent Cliff Lee to the Seattle Mariners. He was arrested in 2010 for possession of cocaine but the charges were later dropped.

Gillies is hitting .291 with an .806 OPS in 44 games for Reading in 2012.


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