Garza, Navarro cool day after incident
Maddon sees positive outcomes from confrontation
ANAHEIM -- All was calm in the Rays' clubhouse Monday, a day after Matt Garza and Dioner Navarro exchanged words and engaged in a shoving match in Texas.
ESPN's cameras caught all of the action, and the encounter was played countless times during the sports network's news cycle.
Rays manager Joe Maddon believes some positives will come out of the disagreement between pitcher and catcher.
"Once again there's always a positive thing in every perceived negative," Maddon said. "I believe it's a good thing. We had a good discussion today; we handled everything in house, and I'm very satisfied. I feel very good about it having a positive impact on the near and far future, so I'm good with it."
Details of why the disagreement arose in the first place have not been discussed openly with the media.
"We've dealt with it," Maddon said. "Everybody's talked about it. We're all good today.
"... [The mechanics of the discussion], basically, [were] After the game yesterday I talked to Matt. I talked to [Navarro]. I talked to a whole bunch of people today. I try to get everybody on board, on the same page. I'm very satisfied with that. It just required a lot of good conversation to make sure everything was well, and I think it's well right now. I think it's even better."
When Maddon was told that Navarro said he planned to talk with Garza in the next day or two, he responded: "I really believe the circle shall be complete.
"And again, a lot of times, what appears to be a negative can actually create a certain amount of growth and a positive," Maddon said. "And I really believe this situation is one of those. And I'm very pleased with the outcome."
Maddon made it clear after Sunday's game that Garza had been the instigator, saying that Navarro was "not the irritant."
Pitching coach Jim Hickey said there was a lesson to be learned by Garza.
"A little bit of less drama, less theatrics, and less expenditure of energy and that type of thing toward the emotion," Hickey said. "... And be more focused on the task at hand, the making of the pitch, just channeling the energy, the emotion, the enthusiasm, that type of stuff, into being a better pitcher."
Garza did not want to talk to reporters Monday, but Navarro clearly considers the incident to be in the past. He says he plans to catch Garza the next time he pitches.
"I was doing my job," Navarro said. "And like I said yesterday, it was something we [took] care of in-house, and it doesn't go any farther. We'll be fine. ... It won't be the last time something like that happens. I love Matty. Matty's my boy."
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.