The Detroit Tigers reinstated outfielder Anthony Gose on Wednesday after he was suspended for an altercation with Triple-A manager Lloyd McClendon on Saturday, but the team then sent him to Double-A Erie.
"After collectively evaluating the situation in Toledo, we spoke with Anthony and emphasized our organization's expectations of him," Tigers general manager Al Avila said in a statement. "Most importantly, Anthony's transfer to Erie is a move to give him a fresh start to his overall performance as he works his way back to Detroit."
Gose and McClendon got into a heated argument in the dugout during the first game of a doubleheader for the Toledo Mud Hens on Saturday. According to The Toledo Blade, the argument prompted McClendon to remove Gose from the lineup in the third inning, replacing him with pinch hitter Jeff McVaney.
The 25-year-old Gose, who began the season as the Tigers' starting center fielder, did not show up at the ballpark for Sunday's game after not being in the lineup for the second game Saturday. Gose's personal items were not in his locker room after the game Saturday, according to the Blade.
After making the club out of spring training and earning the starting gig in center -- in large part because of an injury to Cameron Maybin -- Gose has had a tough year. The former second-round pick was batting .209 in 30 games for the Tigers before being optioned to the minors in May.
Since his demotion, he has struggled in Toledo as well, hitting .185 in 50 games for the Mud Hens.
Information from ESPN's Katie Strang was used in this report.