Chicago White Sox outfielder Alex Rios owned up to his mistake on the basepaths Friday night while also saying that he wished the whole incident could have been handled differently. Rios, who is rumored to be potential trade bait for the White Sox, was taken out of Friday’s game against the Atlanta Braves when he failed to run hard to first base on a ground ball to shortstop. Rios probably would have been safe on the fifth-inning play since there was a misplay in the field, but the Braves were able to complete a double play and prevent the White Sox from scoring a run. The Braves eventually won the game 6-4. “Well, it’s a situation that none of us want to be a part of,” said Rios, who was back in the lineup Saturday, starting in right field and batting third. “It’s unacceptable behavior, and there’s a little bit of frustration in that behavior. I’m not using that as an excuse for what happened. It could’ve been managed in a better way, but it’s something that shouldn’t have happened.” The veteran was asked how he felt it could have been handled and if he was referring to manager Robin Ventura’s decision to replace him with Casper Wells in right field. “If he wants to send a message to myself, it would’ve gone through better if he put me in his office and talked to me personally, you know,” said Rios, who left the ballpark Friday before media gained access to the locker room after the game. “If he wants to make a statement for the team, it probably worked, but I don’t know what his intentions were. But that’s what I wanted to see.” Ventura had no problems with how Rios viewed the entire incident.
Alex Rios owns up to baserunning gaffe
ESPN Chicago | Jul 20