Romero Faces Battery Charge, Bastardo Lands on DL
The St. Petersburg Police Department has handed a complaint against Phillies left-hander J.C. Romero to the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney’s Office to determine if prosecutors will charge him with battery.
Romero and Rays fan Robert Eaton were involved in an incident immediately following Thursday night’s game between the Phillies and Rays at Tropicana Field.
St. Petersburg police spokesman George Kajtsa said the fan asked players leaving the field for autographs.
“The player ignored him and kept on going,” Kajtsa said of Romero. “So the victim starts yelling expletives and also making references to some things I can’t mention because it’s under investigation. That apparently angered the player, who then returned. The two had a shouting match and at one point the player hit him with an open hand — or he slapped him on his neck.”
Eaton told the St. Petersburg Times that he said something to Romero like, “How about you get me some juice?”
“Remember, this is a simple battery,” Kajtsa said. “No weapon was used. There were no injuries to the victim whatsoever, except as he says in the report he was embarrassed because it happened in front of other fans and his family. … This is a very minor incident so the state’s attorney will probably concentrate on more serious matters, but it will be up to the state’s attorney to make the determination.”
The Phillies tonight placed left-hander Antonio Bastardo on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left posterior shoulder. They recalled left-hander Sergio Escalona to take his place. Escalona will join the team tomorrow in Atlanta.