WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork/AP) — Mets catcher Kelly Shoppach denies that he had any part in text messages that reportedly undermined Boston manager Bobby Valentine to Red Sox owners.
Boston traded Shoppach to the Mets last Tuesday.
The New York Daily News reported that Shoppach sent text messages using the phone of Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.
He was “deeply involved in writing the message that touched off the latest Sox drama,” the paper reported.
Shoppach denied the report on Sunday.
“I’m really disappointed that my name was even brought up in that,” he said after the Mets’ 5-2 loss in Washington. “I wasn’t behind any texts.”
“I have to agree with what he said. It’s pretty hard to believe a guy who is a first-year player on that team would start something,” Mets manager Terry Collins told the New York Post. “I listened to what he had to say and I believe him.”
Boston players reportedly met in New York on July 26 with Red Sox owners, a meeting Shoppach says he didn’t attend because he was home in Texas.
“I’ve already gotten some text messages from some of my former teammates apologizing that my name was even brought up in it. Everybody that’s involved in that whole situation knows that I have nothing to do with it,” Shoppach said.
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