SAN DIEGO — Reliever Goose Gossage returned to San Diego Sunday, expressing hope a meeting with club management can smooth the differences that led to his suspension.
"I hope to go back and play baseball soon," Gossage said upon his arrival at the airport. "We still have a chance at second place."
Team President Ballard Smith suspended Gossage on Friday for criticizing club management. Smith cited Rule 13, which provides for such a measure in the event of "repeated and continuing insubordination" by a player.
Smith is scheduled to meet today with Gossage, Gossage's attorney and agent, and General Manager Jack MeKeon.
"My teammates realize what happened to me could happen to them," Gossage said. "We're strong as a team."
The Padres, in a statement issued Saturday, called on Smith to reinstate their teammate.