Reyes arrested on Friday morning
Rays reliever involved in fight during birthday celebration
ST. PETERSBURG -- Al Reyes issued a public apology about his birthday celebration that began Thursday night in the Hyde Park area of Tampa, and resulted in his arrest early Friday morning.
"I just want to say something: I apologize to my teammates, the whole organization for what happened last night," a contrite Reyes said prior to Friday night's Rays-Orioles game. "I tried to have a good time on my birthday, but, you know, it was the worst one. You know, I just want to apologize again to my teammates, the organization, the owner, and the fans, for what happened last night."
An open wound on the right side of Reyes' nose served as a testament to the incident that occurred around 2:30 a.m ET. According to a report in the St. Petersburg Times, Reyes "fell against a ceramic pot inside the bar," and apparently thought he had been pushed. The 38-year-old then began exchanging words with bar patron Eduardo Mora, who punched Reyes in the face. The paper reported that Reyes then "began to spit blood on the people in the area and began to swing his arms about."
Tampa Police Lieutenant William Ferguson wrote in the official release that Reyes "continued spitting blood and thrashing about," despite frequent attempts by the police to contain the 230-pound right-hander.
Reyes was Tasered twice after refusing command from police authorities to stay down.
Reyes was treated on the scene for a cut on his nose and charged with affray (violence).
Rays manager Joe Maddon said he considered the matter an "isolated incident" and noted he had not had a chance to speak with Reyes.
"Once I do have a chance to talk to him, I'll find out exactly what did occur," Maddon said. "You always hear the speculative side of things. There's nothing planned on our point in the disciplinary sense. I just want to try and find out what happened and move on."
Reyes, who had 26 saves in 2007 as the Rays' closer, has made four appearances this season and is 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA. When asked if Reyes would be available Friday night, Maddon said head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield told him that Reyes was fine.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.