Following Wednesday's game against the Yankees, RHP Robert Gsellman apologized for his recent comments toward GM Sandy Alderson.
Alderson had expressed displeasure on Wednesday with Gsellman's recent remarks, which were in response to the GM saying Gsellman needed to pitch better before returning to the majors. Gsellman had initially said, "I don't care," but went back on those words after Wednesday's start.
"I definitely need to pitch better," Gsellman told reporters. "I really care, it's my job so I definitely care. I apologized to Sandy for saying that and we talked it out."
Before the game, in which Gsellman allowed three runs on four hits over 5 1/3 innings but did not factor into the decision, Alderson had stated that he hoped Gsellman thought about his original comments.
"I'm going to give him a pass on that for the moment," Alderson said to reporters. "I hope that he reflects on the implications of that statement and the potential consequences of that statement. It's a better response the next time out."
Gsellman had been recovering from a hamstring injury that sent him to the disabled list in late June. The right-hander now has a 5.98 ERA in 18 outings (15 starts) this season.
He had a 2.42 ERA and 1.28 WHIP with 42 strikeouts in 44 2/3 innings in 2016, during what was his rookie season.
"When Robert Gsellman came to the major leagues, he was pitching very well in the minor leagues and continued to do what he does best," Terry Collins said prior to Wednesday's game. "He's got a very good two-seam fastball, he's got plus velocity and he located it."