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MLBPA Could File Grievance With Indians Regarding Nick Hagadone

The Cleveland Indians sent Nick Hagadone down to the Minor League Disqualified List back on Sunday, and the MLB Players Association doesn't like how the Tribe handled the situation.

Hagadone was sent down to the list after self-inflicting an injury. He reportedly hurt his hand punching something shortly after a bad performance in a game -- he had given up two runs in two thirds of an inning. The reliever could miss the entire rest of the season because of the injury, and so he was sent down to the MLDL without pay.

Now, the MLBPA may file a grievance against the Indians:

On Tuesday, during a meeting with members of the Baseball Writers' Association of American in Kansas City, executive director of the MLBPA Michael Weiner addressed the issue with a gathering of reporters. Weiner said he was currently working on obtaining more details of Hagadone's situation.

"I'm very aware of the matter," Weiner told reporters. "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."

The Indians have not yet heard any word on a grievance, indicating that if there is to be one it hasn't happened yet. The MLBPA is arguing that the Indians should be considering his self-inflicted injury as a work related injury, as there is a precedent for that:

"There is a long standing precedent in baseball," Weiner said, "and arbitration precedent going back to Doyle Alexander, a great player and a great union member, saying that baseball is a very intense game. 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.

For more on Nick Hagadone and the Cleveland Indians, head over to Let's Go Tribe. More news and analysis on Major League Baseball as the second half of the season kicks off can be found over at Baseball Nation.

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