Apparently the details are still debatable, though The Thunder Blog intimates Tabata may have been involved in an altercation with Thunder shortstop Reegie Corona.
We had an in-house issue we needed to deal with. Don't ask me what it is because I'm not telling you,'' a visibly irritated [Manager Tony] Franklin said. "We're very pleased with the way he is playing. He is playing hard. But there are certain standards that need to be met within this organization and with this team, and when those standards are not met we take action. It's our job to make sure these players know what they are supposed to do at all times out there.''
According to one account, Reegie Corona chased a fly ball into medium right field in the middle of the game. It was, again according to this particular account, a ball that Tabata clearly should have waived Reegie off of. After the out, Tabata appeared to stare at Corona. When the inning was over something happened in the dugout. It looked like Tabata and another player, possibly Corona, were getting into it and there was some shoving at the home plate side of the dugout. Tabata was restrained and pulled into the tunnel.Right now Tabata has one half of the Manny Ramirez comparison down flat. In other words, he acts like Manny, but hits like Willie Mays Hayes.