CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The Indians will be without relief pitcher Nick Hagadone for some time after a self-inflicted wound to his pitching hand. The Indians placed him on the disqualified list Sunday, but now may have to fight to keep him there.
Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer reports that executive director of the MLB players association Michael Weiner says that a grievance could be filed over the Indians putting Hagadone on the list instead of just the normal disabled list.
The reason why the union is upset is that Hagadone does not get paid or receive major-league service time when he’s on the disqualified list.
The injury to Hagadone took place after he allowed two runs on two hits with two walks in relief on Friday night’s game at home against the Rays.
GM Chris Antonetti said that Hagadone suffered the injury because he was angry at his performance and not because he was informed that he was being optioned to the minors.
“I’m very aware of the matter,” said Weiner, to members of the Baseball Writers Association of America on Tuesday. “We’ve already been in touch with the Commissioner’s office about this matter and there’s a potential grievance. I don’t want to get too much into it.”
Weiner went on to say that the union personnel were investigating the situation with Hagadone.
“I will say this, though, there is a long standing precedent in baseball, and arbitration precedent going back to Doyle Alexander, a great player and a great union member, saying that baseball is a very intense game,” said Weiner. “And if a player, in the intensity of the moment, makes a mistake and whams his hand against the dugout or a door or does something else, that’s a work-related injury. That’s part of the game.
“Clubs want players to compete, to compete very hard, and sometimes those emotions come out. No player is proud of the fact that he injured himself in that kind of situation. But Nick is not the first player this year, and certainly not the first player in baseball history, who unfortunately suffered that kind of injury.”
Since May 26th when Hagadone’s ERA was 1.93, he has allowed 15 runs on 19 hits, walking 9 and striking out 12 in 11.1 innings. Overall he is 1-0 with a 6.39 ERA in 27 games for the Indians. He struck out 26, walked 15 and allowed 18 earned runs and 26 hits.