By BRENDAN McGAIR
PAWTUCKET â As radio broadcaster Paul Harvey would say, âAnd now, the rest of the story.â
Following Pawtucketâs 5-3 win over Gwinnett on Tuesday, Jose Iglesias spoke about his absence from the lineup for three straight games earlier this month, such a course of action coming on the heels of manager Gary DiSarcina pulling the shortstop in the middle of a game.
âIt was Garyâs decision. He gave me a few days and that allowed me to put my mind in the right way to keep playing like the way Iâve been playing,â said Iglesias. âIt feels good to be back. Iâve turned the page and feel pretty good now.â
Asked if it was tough to digest the fact that he had been taken out of a game for a non-injury related reason, Iglesias replied, âI deserved that and I knew it. Gary did the right thing by holding me out and Iâm glad he did that to me.â
Earlier Tuesday, DiSarcina clarified what he meant by âmanagerâs decisionâ â the reason that was given as to why Iglesias was missing from the lineup for three straight days. The skipper said he noticed a change in Iglesiasâ attitude, meaning the message came across loud and clear.
âIt was tough for me in the beginning, but like I said, I feel comfortable,â said Iglesias, who went 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored Tuesday. âIt really put my mind back in place to play the game that I have been playing.â