NEW YORK (AP) – The players’ union has filed a grievance against the New York Mets and the commissioner’s office, protesting how the team has handled Francisco Rodriguez after he was injured in a fight at Citi Field.
The Major League Baseball Players Association is challenging the Mets’ decision to place the closer on the disqualified list and their effort to convert his contract to a non-guaranteed deal.
The union announced it was filing a grievance Wednesday. If the case isn’t settled, arbitrator Shyam Das would decide whether the team’s actions were justified.
Rodriguez tore a ligament in the thumb of his pitching hand while punching his girlfriend’s father outside a family lounge at New York’s ballpark last week.