The Devil Rays’ 2003 second round pick, James Houser, was scratched from his scheduled start for the Montgomery Biscuits on Friday night. This comes one night after he was involved in a lengthy closed-door meeting with Biscuit’s manager Billy Gardner, pitching coach Neil Allen and field coordinator Jim Hoff. The meeting occurred after the Biscuit’s game Thursday night during which Houser tracked pitches from the stands.
Gardner stated that the Devil Rays would release a statement regarding the situation on Saturday.
Houser was in uniform and in the dugout on Friday night.
At first this sounded like a disciplinary action, but when we heard that Houser was in the dugout, it now sounds like the Devil Rays are working on the final details of a trade that would involve Houser.
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