R-Phils’ Gillies Suspended For Violating Team Rules – Phillies Nation

R-Phils’ Gillies Suspended For Violating Team Rules

Shortly before the Reading Phillies’ road contest against the Trenton Thunder on Thursday night, the team announced that often injured outfielder Tyson Gillies had been suspended for violation of team rules.

The 23-year-old British Columbia native returned this week after suffering a concussion in a collision with fellow outfielder Jiwan James back in May. In two games after being activated from the disabled list, Gillies went a combined 4-for-7.

Overall in 44 games this season for Double-A Reading, Gillies, who was acquired from Seattle in the 2009 Cliff Lee trade, posted a .291 average with seven doubles, six triples, two home runs and 16 RBI in 44 games. Additionally, Gillies, who stands 6-feet-2-inches tall and weighs 205 pounds, went 2-for-5 in two rehab outings with the Class-A Lakewood BlueClaws.

According to a team source, Gillies’ suspension is indefinite.

Reading manager Dusty Wathan stated that while the issue is described as a violation of team rules, the transgression was more on the organizational level.

“It’s (a violation of) team policy as in Philadelphia Phillies team policy,” Wathan stated.

As far as the offense that led to Gillies temporarily parting ways with his team, another source close to the R-Phils has confirmed that Gillies recently had a confrontation with the club’s bus driver which escalated to an unreasonable level.  The incident was described as non-physical and uncalled for.

Asked if the assumption that the suspension will be a rather lengthy one is an accurate assessment, Wathan openly admitted he had no indication as to how long Gillies will be away from his team.

“I don’t know.  I have not been told how long it will be.  I just know that that’s what happened and he’s been suspended.  I guess that’s up to (Phillies director of player development) Joe (Jordan) and the front office to determine how long it will be.”

Image- Joe Wombough for PhoulBallz.com.

Jay Floyd is PhilliesNation’s minor league insider.  You can read more from Jay by visiting his site, PhoulBallz.com.

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    July 19, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Dump Gilles ASAP. He is a head case and has proven to be that two years in a row.

  2. TheDipsy

    July 19, 2012 at 7:57 pm


    The Dipsy

  3. John

    July 19, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    @JSalisburyCSN: Gillies suspension is for violating team policy. Hearing it is not related to his previous problems. More missed development time not good.

    So it isn’t Coke related.

  4. Frank

    July 19, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    That’s not really fair. He was cleared of all those charges.

    • Ryne Duren

      July 19, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      pepsi then???

    • schmenkman

      July 19, 2012 at 9:48 pm

      That’s right.

      And in any case, I’d like to hear what happened before rushing to judgment.

  5. Jaron B

    July 19, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    This should be the last straw… put him on waivers. He has done absolutely nothing for the Phils’ minor league organizations except lots of absences. I am curious what rule he broke. Let us know soon.

    • schmenkman

      July 19, 2012 at 10:26 pm

      So the first straw is the last straw? As Frank said the other charges were suspicious and he was cleared. And by absences you mean injuries?

      • Timphillies20

        July 19, 2012 at 11:13 pm

        Schmenk -u are obviously an Obamanite!!!

    • Devin

      July 20, 2012 at 1:05 am

      We have like all of 10 talented guys in our entire farm system. And roughly 0 of them are this talented. If we put him on waivers more likely than not he’s gonna be hammering us 10 times a year in 5 years.

  6. Dino

    July 20, 2012 at 1:19 am

    Love it…definitely one of Ruben’s worst deals

  7. George

    July 20, 2012 at 8:10 am

    It’s okay that Cole Hamels missed a chunk of time while in the minors because he injured himself in a barroom incident, but it’s not alright that Gillies has violated some policy we’re not even allowed to know?

    Can anyone say “double standard?”

  8. Don M

    July 20, 2012 at 10:13 am

    talent-wise, I’ve heard multiple reports before that said they think he could play at the MLB level . . . not sure about all these off-field issues though. He needs to get his life in order

  9. mr.bill

    July 20, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    just a deaf coke head…..

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