BOSTON — Boston's Carl Everett and manager Jimy Williams had a shouting match a few hours before the center fielder returned to the Red Sox lineup Saturday, having served his 10-game suspension for bumping an umpire.
Everett was heard screaming with Williams behind closed doors of the manager's office.
When the door opened, Everett shouted profanities directed at Williams.
"Well, first and foremost, things stay in house," Williams said. "We have a lot of players. I've never seen a family that runs smoothly every day. You just move on."
When asked if it was resolved, Williams responded: "Things get resolved. Time is a great resolver. He's in the lineup. I want him in that lineup."
The manager then repeatedly answered questions by saying, "Things stay in-house."
Everett wouldn't talk to reporters about the argument.
In Saturday's 7-5 loss to Kansas City, Everett went 3-for-5 with his 27th homer. Before his first at-bat, he was greeted with a loud ovation, and included were signs reading, "Welcome back Carl."
He was suspended for bumping plate umpire Ron Kulpa during a dispute over the size of the batter's box during a July 15 game.
Everett, batting right-handed, appeared to have his back foot out of the batter's box. Kulpa drew a line with his left foot, then his right.
The two argued and Everett was ejected. He bumped Kulpa, threw down his helmet and bumped him again before he was restrained by Williams, and coaches Tommy Harper and Wendell Kim.
Everett started in center field and batted third Saturday.
"I'm not talking about it," Everett said, when asked about his return to the lineup. "I no longer talk."
A few minutes later, when he made his way out of the clubhouse for batting practice, Everett said: "I don't respond to garbage. Everything before was garbage. That's how I feel about it."
The morning started as usual for Everett, who entered the clubhouse to some minor ribbing for his teammates nearly three hours before the game against Kansas City.
Catcher Jason Varitek said: "Welcome back to the team."
Reliever Rod Beck went over to Everett and started clapping for him.
A few minutes later, Everett entered Williams' office and the two could be heard screaming.