Robert Gsellman the rookie pitcher for the New York Mets said he apologized to the team’s general manager Sandy Alderson for dismissing publicly a recent assessment by the GM.
Gsellman had been on the Mets disabled list and was struggling in his Double-A rehab assignment with Binghamton when his GM said the pitcher needed to be pitching better.
After Gsellman threw six scoreless innings during his final appearance in rehab, the Mets activated the pitcher on Tuesday. At the time, he was asked by a local reporter about the comment made by Alderson.
Gsellman answered he did not care.
Alderson heard about Gsellman’s comment and was not happy. During his Wednesday news conference prior to the game at Citi Field, Alderson said he would give a pass to Gsellman for the time being because he had been scheduled to start for the Mets later the same night.
However, Alderson said that he hoped Gsellman would reflect on the implications the statement made and the possible consequences of his statement and make a better response the next time he is asked to comment by a reporter.
Gsellman, who was sidelined by a strained hamstring went out and pitched 5 1/3 innings versus the Yankees, which was his first outing in the major leagues since late June.
He allowed three runs, of which two were earned, and four hits, but did not take part in a decision. The Mets lost the games 6-3 and following the conclusion of the game, Gsellman addressed his situation related to Alderson.
Gsellman said he did not know the article had been published and what was said as he did not read it until earlier in the day.
He added that he went over and apologized to Alderson and said that he definitely needed to pitch better.
He told the media he does really care as it is his job and he apologized to Sandy for what he said and the two had talked things out.
Gsellman on the season is 5-5 with an ERA of 5.98 in his 15 starts as well as 3 appearances in relief. He was 4-2 with an ERA of 2.42 in eight games, of which seven were starts, after he was called up late last year from the minors.
The Mets have struggled all season and are currently in third place in the National League East at 53-65 and 18 games behind the first place Washington Nationals.