Speaking late Wednesday after Argentina's 4-2 victory over Paraguay in a friendly, Batista said Tevez's chances to be on the team were "small." Argentina is expected to name its Copa America squad next week.
Batista said that during a meeting in December with Argentina assistant coaches Carlos Brown and Alejandor Tocalli, Tevez said "a thing that today has kept him off the team." Batista did not elaborate.
Argentina opens the Copa America on July 1 in a match against Bolivia. The tournament ends July 24.