New York - The Major League Baseball Players Association filed a grievance against the New York Mets and the commissioner's office Wednesday, challenging a decision by the team to place relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez on the disqualified list.
The Mets made the move on Tuesday, the same day Rodriguez had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb. Rodriguez, who is expected to miss the remainder of the season, apparently injured the thumb following last Wednesday's game when he reportedly hit his girlfriend's father.
The union's grievance challenges the team's move to put K-Rod on the disqualified list and the conversion of his contract to non-guaranteed status. The MLBPA said the grievance alleges material breaches of Francisco's contract, including non-payment of salary. No hearing date has been set.
The 28-year-old is due to make $11.5 million in 2011, the last year of his contract. However, he has an option for 2012 worth $17.5 million that is guaranteed if Rodriguez finishes 55 games in 2011, finishes 100 games between 2010-11, and if doctors declare him healthy after the 2011 season. Rodriguez has finished 46 games this year.
Last week's incident took place at Citi Field following a 6-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies on August 11, as the Venezuelan hurler allegedly hit Carlos Pena and was then taken into custody by police. He was released a day later without bail and the Mets subsequently issued a two-game suspension.
Rodriguez issued an apology then pitched one scoreless inning in Saturday's 4-0 loss to the Phillies.
He finishes 2010 with a record of 4-2 with a 2.20 earned-run average and 25 saves in 30 opportunities.