By BRENDAN McGAIR
PAWTUCKET â€“ As radio broadcaster Paul Harvey would say, â€śAnd now, the rest of the story.â€ť
Following Pawtucketâ€™s 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.
â€śIt was Garyâ€™s 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 Iâ€™ve been playing,â€ť said Iglesias. â€śIt feels good to be back. Iâ€™ve turned the page and feel pretty good now.â€ť
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, â€śI deserved that and I knew it. Gary did the right thing by holding me out and Iâ€™m glad he did that to me.â€ť
Earlier Tuesday, DiSarcina clarified what he meant by â€śmanagerâ€™s decisionâ€ť 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.
â€śIt was tough for me in the beginning, but like I said, I feel comfortable,â€ť said Iglesias, who went 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored Tuesday. â€śIt really put my mind back in place to play the game that I have been playing.â€ť