The Boston Red Sox today suspended pitcher Oil Can Boyd indefinitely and police plan to charge him with assault and battery on a police officer and with disorderly conduct.
He was not arrested but is to appear July 29 in Chelsea District Court.
General Manager Lou Gorman said Boyd would remain suspended until "certain issues are clarified." Boyd could not be reached for comment. Phone calls to his home in Chelsea went unanswered.
Shortstop Rey Quinones, who lives with Boyd, said "a lot of police" were present Tuesday night when the car he and Boyd were in was stopped near where they live.
Boyd was followed to his home after police received a tip that he was involved in a drug transaction, said Chelsea Det. Sgt. Jack Phillips. He said Boyd began screaming at the policemen. "We tried to hold him still," Phillips said. "He said he had a gun and was going to blow our brains out."
Phillips said police found no gun or drugs during the incident at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, shortly before the All-Star Game in Houston.
Chelsea Police Chief Charles H. Wilson said: "To be truthful, I can't comment other than generalities. Applications have been made to the clerk of court for an application to press charges of assault and battery on a police officer and disorderly conduct."
Boyd came to the Red Sox clubhouse today as players were preparing for a flight to Seattle, where the Red Sox will play Thursday night. Gorman, team executive Haywood Sullivan and club physician Arthur Pappas entered a back room to talk with Boyd and about 20 minutes later, Gorman announced the continued suspension.
"Never a dull moment around here," Sullivan said.
"Once we get certain issues clarified, certainly he'll rejoin the team," Gorman said.
Boyd left the clubhouse through a rear door and spoke briefly with reporters as he walked to his car.
"I just want to pitch, man," he said. "I can't pitch."
When a television cameraman got in his path, Boyd pushed him against a wall.
On Friday, the Red Sox had suspended Boyd without pay for three games, one day after he created a disturbance in the clubhouse because he hadn't been asked to pitch in the All-Star Game