Guillen: “I tried to call him. He told me: ‘Get the [expletive] away from me.’”
Surrounded by an unusually large group of media in the visitors’ dugout Monday, Johnson was perplexed as to why the incident continued to attract attention. One Miami-area radio reporter asked Johnson three straight times why players use pine tar on their bats.
That left Johnson’s folksy voice near a shout.
“So they can hold a bat and not throw it in the stands,” the manager said. “How much clearer do I got to be? Holy moly. And everybody uses it. Why do they have it on deck? Why do they have the sticky stuff? Because they wear gloves. Geez-o-pete.”
In a lengthy pregame monologue, the colorful Guillen, who television cameras caught spewing profanity toward Harper on Sunday, defended himself, particularly from Johnson’s assertion his goal was to intimidate Harper.
“If he thinks I try to intimidate people, I never did,” Gullien said. “I never fight with anybody. If somebody tries to intimidate me, yes. But I don’t try to intimidate him. That’s the last thing that went through my mind.”
One more game for Storen
After Drew Storen was touched for three hits and four runs in two-thirds of an inning in Sunday’s rehab appearance with Double-A Harrisburg, he’ll make at least one more minor league apperance. That comes Tuesday with either Single-A Potomac or Harrisburg.
Storen hasn’t pitched this season after surgery to remove a bone chip in his right elbow.