[Update] Roger Mooney reports that Joe Maddon insists Upton is not being benched:
Decision not to start him based on a number of things, including getting 2 days off
Utterly hopeless. Utterly f****** hopeless.
[5:22pm] BJ Upton is not in tonight’s lineup, one game after lollygagging in the field, loafing a throw, losing his sh*t in the dugout, getting picked off first base and failing to fetch the proper postgame bottle of wine for Joe Maddon*.
When asked why Upton was not in the lineup, Maddon apparently felt he did not owe anybody an explanation (via Tom Caron)…
“I chose not to have him in the lineup. No underlying reason.”
So JoeMa apparently wants to ignore the Navarro in the room and pretend like tonight is just a scheduled day of rest for Bossman.
Typical Rays. They like to keep things close to the vest and feel the fans only need to know what the Rays want us to know.
*that last one might not have happened