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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.
Robert Eaton told the Times that Romero grabbed him by the neck and pushed him following Thursday night’s game between the Phillies and Rays at Tropicana Field.
“We are disappointed to learn about the alleged incident with a Rays fan and one of our players following Thursday night’s game at Tropicana Field,” the Phillies said today in a statement. “We are in the process of gathering all of the details surrounding the situation. Until such information is provided, it would be inappropriate for us to comment at this time.”
Eaton told the newspaper that he was attempting to get autographs from Phillies players. Once a few Phillies players declined, Eaton said he said something like, “How about you get me some juice?” to Romero.
Romero just finished serving a 50-game suspension for violating the league’s policy against performance enhancing substances.
Eaton said Romero told him to “shut the f— up” and that he didn’t know what he was talking about
“He reared back and kinda grazed my chin and grabbed me by the neck and threw me back,” Eaton told the Times. “I was in shock.”
Eaton has hired a lawyer.
“I don’t feel what I said was wrong,” Eaton said. “I feel if you cheat the game you’re going to hear it from people. He brought that on himself. I just can’t believe that a professional athlete would cross the line.”