Billy Butler injured in clubhouse fight with A’s teammate Danny Valencia, report says
A clubhousealtercation between A’s teammates Billy Butler and Danny Valencialed to an injury that kept Butler out of the team’s lineup this weekend, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday .The incident occurred Friday night, according to the report, after the A’s opened a three-game set against the White Sox. Since then, Butler sat out games on Saturday and Sundaywith what A’s managerBob Melvinsaid was nausea and vomiting.MORE: The 20 most entertaining baseball fights since https://www.giantsedge.com/san-francisco-giants/evan-longoria-jersey 1976 Because of Butler’ssymptoms, the report speculated he may have suffered a concu sion during the altercation.Neither Melvin nor his players would comment on details of the incident following Sunday’s 4-2 lo s, but Melvin said Butler’s absence was not related to the flu.The Chronicle reported the dispute started over apair of cleats Valencia was supposed to be wearing. When Butler told an equipment representative Valencia was not wearing the cleats, a scuffle broke out, the report said.Valencia, who also was not in the lineupSunday, refused to answerquestions from reporters after the game,telling them,What happens in the clubhouse stays in the clubhouse.»No one in the clubhouse denied that an incident occurred.Butler and Valencia were also teammates in2014 when they helped theRoyals reach Willie Mays Jersey the World Series.MORE: All-time dumbest sports injuries Valencia, a 31-year-old journeyman who’splayed for six teams in six MLB seasons,was reunited with Butler in Oakland when he was claimed off waivers by the A’s in August 2015. He’s in the midst of a career year, with 15 home runs, 44 RBIs and a https://www.giantsedge.com/san-francisco-giants/willie-mays-jersey .302/.351/.478 slash line.Butler, an All-Star in 2012, has just four home runs and 30 RBIs this season.The two are «known to engage in a great deal of loud banter in the clubhouse and on the field,» the Chronicle report said.The A’sare in fourth place in the AL West, having lostseven of their past eight games. They trail the first-place Rangers by 19 1/2 games.