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Coming off suspension, Grossman says he has to act 'in a professional way'

June 13, 2012
The Altoona Mirror

The specific reason still isn't known, but Curve center fielder Robbie Grossman's own words suggested that his week-long suspension came down to an issue of professionalism.

"I've got to be a pro, and I've got to learn and take the good with the bad and just go about it in a professional way," Grossman said Tuesday evening.

Grossman was in the Curve's starting lineup against Trenton, but the game was rained out. He has not played since June 2, sitting out seven games for what the Pirates have only described as an "internal issue."

It wasn't a legal issue of any kind, Bucs assistant general manager Kyle Stark confirmed.

"Something happened, we handled it and are confident going forward it's the best thing long term," Stark said.

"I'm confident that Robbie knows what's expected of him, and I don't expect any problems going forward."

The Pirates clearly wanted to teach Grossman a lesson with the extended suspension, and he said he certainly learned his lesson.

"Anything they tell me to abide by, those are my bosses, and everyone's got bosses," Grossman said. "I went about my week trying to stay the same routine as much as I could and just learned from it."

The 22-year-old outfielder did accompany the Curve on their road trip to Reading and Akron and even coached first base in two games. Being at the ballpark, however, is much different from being able to play.

"I think anybody would miss it," Grossman said of having to sit out.

Curve manager P.J. Forbes said, "Good," when told that Grossman missed playing because, "That's part of it is recognizing what you have and not jeopardizing those opportunities."

Forbes said he's talked with Grossman and believes the young outfielder is "in a good place right now."

"I'm happy with the way things have gone this past week," Forbes said. "He's handled it well, he's gone about his business the right way, and I'm looking forward to getting him back out there."

Grossman said he's looking forward to getting out and having fun playing again and doesn't believe the Pirates will hold his past indiscretion against him as his career proceeds.

But as Forbes pointed out, how Grossman reacts from now on will provide the answer of whether he learned his lesson or not.

"Actions speak louder than words, and time will tell," Forbes said. "But I think he understands, and I'm sure he's already learned from it. ... That in itself is a learning experience when you've got to sit there and watch your teammates and not be a part of it."

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