The St. Petersburg Times reported Saturday that a St. Petersburg police dispatcher confirmed a report for battery was taken at Tropicana Field at about 11 p.m. ET on Thursday. The Phillies had just finished playing the Rays and were headed to Toronto for this weekend's series against the Blue Jays.
The Times reported the player involved in the altercation was reliever J.C. Romero. Romero declined to comment following the Phils' 10-0 victory over the Blue Jays on Saturday in Toronto.
According to the Times, Rays fan Robert Eaton, a 25-year-old father of two, said Romero grabbed him by the neck and pushed Eaton after he made a comment about steroids.
Romero was recently reinstated from a 50-game suspension for violating baseball's policy against performance-enhancing substances. The pitcher claimed the test resulted from a dietary supplement he bought over the counter.
"We're 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 Saturday 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."
The Rays confirmed to the Times that the incident took place.
"At this point it is a police matter and for that reason we won't have any further comment," the team said in a statement to the newspaper.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less