Earlier this season, Boston Red Sox star Alex Verdugo had some harsh words for a fellow competitor.
He and Toronto Blue Jays ace Alek Manoah have had some issues in the recent past, with Verdugo even going as far as to say that he thought Manoah was disrespectful and unprofessional.
Manoah responded to Verdugo’s criticism by saying that he simply didn’t care what the Red Sox star thought about him.
Just a month later, Verdugo appears to have had second thoughts about his comments.
The Red Sox slugger will be facing Manoah this evening for the third game of the series between Boston and the Blue Jays, and Verdugo says that he regrets saying what he said and hopes to talk things out with the Blue Jays right-hander, according to Chris Cotillo.
Alex Verdugo called out Alek Manoah in April. The two exchanged words publicly. Ahead of Manoah pitching at Fenway today, I asked Verdugo about the matchup.
“I regret saying what I did, at least to the media… I’d like to have a conversation with him.”https://t.co/pqLth5s9FP
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) May 3, 2023
Verdugo seemed to have a problem earlier in the season with the way Manoah carried himself on the mound.
However, the Red Sox star appears to be having second thoughts about what he said concerning the right-hander, so much so that he acknowledged his comments and said that he regretted them.
Verdugo seems to want to mend fences with Manoah before he faces off with the right-hander on Wednesday.
Manoah is 1-1 on the season with a 4.88 ERA in six starts and 31.1 innings of work.
The righty also has a WHIP of 1.63 and has struck out 28 batters.
Verdugo is hitting .317 with five home runs, 18 RBI, and a .905 OPS.
The 26-year-old does have good career numbers against Manoah, having hit a home run and posting a .438 batting average.NEXT: Alex Verdugo Has Joined An Elite Club In MLB History