By BRENDAN McGAIR
PAWTUCKET – As radio broadcaster Paul Harvey would say, “And now, the rest of the story.”
Following Pawtucket’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.
“It was Gary’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 I’ve been playing,” said Iglesias. “It feels good to be back. I’ve turned the page and feel pretty good now.”
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, “I deserved that and I knew it. Gary did the right thing by holding me out and I’m glad he did that to me.”
Earlier Tuesday, DiSarcina clarified what he meant by “manager’s decision” – 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 Iglesias’ attitude, meaning the message came across loud and clear.
“It was tough for me in the beginning, but like I said, I feel comfortable,” said Iglesias, who went 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored Tuesday. “It really put my mind back in place to play the game that I have been playing.”