BOSTON — Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski on Friday revealed that owners John Henry and Tom Werner have apologized to Dennis Eckerlsey for the David Price-led confrontation aboard a team flight.
That makes four top brass who have offered an apology to Eckersley on behalf of Price: Henry, Werner, club president Sam Kennedy and Dombrowski himself.
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“The highest ranking officials in the Boston Red Sox organization, we've all reached out to him,” Dombrowski said. “So, that's up to individuals and what they decide they want to do on that.”
Price and Dustin Pedroia have spoken one-on-one about the matter, and Pedroia told the media Friday afternoon he expects Price will speak with Eckersley in person.
Whether that means an apology is forthcoming is not clear. No one in uniform is known to have apologized to Eckersley.
“They’re going to have a conversation,” Pedroia said. “We’re grown men here. I’m not disciplining my six-year-old son –– you know what I mean? These are people who really care about what they do. That’s it, man. They’ll have a conversation when they see each other. David’s a man. He’s going to do it face-to-face. He’s not going told it over the phone or text message. When he sees him, they’re going to have a conversation.”
The Red Sox were firm that that the Eckersley incident had nothing to do with Price’s trip to the disabled list. Sox manager John Farrell said if Price were healthy, he would have pitched.
"You can't put a guy on the disabled list unless you get medical clearance from the commissioner's office,” Dombrowski said. “So let's just pretend somebody wanted to put a guy on the disabled list for a reason. The commissioner's office checks, gets the doctor's report. You have to send a doctor's certification and all that."
While the timing was bizarre, the Red Sox need Price too much right now to help him duck a start because of the possibility he’s booed or faces some tough questions.
Dombrowski seemed to feel he had done all he could in the way of apologies, even if no one in uniform is known to have offered one.
“I've addressed the issue at great length and I know when people talk about Eck, I've had lengthy conversations on this topic in the clubhouse with individuals,” Dombrowski said. “I’ll just leave it at that. I feel like it's been properly addressed. I've had lengthy conversations. So when somebody says nobody – and I'm not saying you, just I heard that when somebody said 'nobody in the organization has apologized to Dennis Eckersley,' that's not accurate.”