Reds’ Tommy Pham sits out as MLB investigates pregame incident with Giants’ Joc Pederson – USA TODAY

Tommy Pham was scratched from the Cincinnati Reds lineup before Friday’s game because of a pregame incident with the San Francisco Giants.

During batting practice, Pham was at the center of an argument with Giants outfielder Joc Pederson. The Reds’ bullpen cleared into left field, where Pham was standing, and hitters ran from the batting cage to the outfield.

The incident didn’t last long and Reds manager David Bell remained in the outfield for an extra minute to chat with Pham after players returned to their usual pregame activities.

“MLB is investigating the incident that occurred before the game involving Mr. Pham,” the Reds announced. “Mr. Pham agreed to not play this evening pending the results of MLB’s investigation.”

Cincinnati Reds' Tommy Pham won't play Friday night after an incident with the San Francisco Giants' Joc Pederson.

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Pham declined to discuss the incident publicly when he walked off the field after batting practice. Pederson and Giants reliever Jarlín García, who was near the altercation and walked back to the dugout with a coach, declined to talk to Giants reporters afterward.

“We’re investigating it and learning as much as we can about the incident,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. “I don’t really have much more than that for you right now. I sense we’ll have a clearer understanding after the game.”

Pham has played in each of the last 37 games, and he went 2-for-4 at the plate with a double and three RBI in Thursday’s game. He’s hitting .233 this season with five homers, 17 RBI and 26 runs in 42 games. 

Pederson remained in the Giants’ lineup.

Pham and Pederson were division rivals in 2020 when Pham played for the San Diego Padres and Pederson played for the Los Angeles Dodgers.