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Mets say closer-coach dispute is behind them

NEW YORK — The Mets acknowledged Tuesday that closer Francisco Rodriguez and bullpen coach Randy Niemann had an argument during Sunday night's game, but manager Jerry Manuel said the matter was resolved.

Manuel confirmed Tuesday that Rodriguez and Niemann got into a spat while K-Rod was preparing to enter a game against the Yankees. It's unclear what the dispute was about.

"I guess they had a disagreement, and by the time it got to me Randy said there was no issues after that and it was resolved," Manuel said. "I mean, you're going to have some issues in the bullpen or in the dugout, whatever. But I don't see that as an issue at this point."

The New York Times reported that Rodriguez and Niemann had a heated exchange in the bullpen during the ninth inning and had to be separated.

Rodriguez said the report was false but refused to comment further. Niemann told reporters the disagreement never got physical.

CLEMENS SAGA: Brian McNamee, Roger Clemens' former personal trainer, testified before a federal grand jury in Washington, D.C., a sign that the panel could be nearing a decision on whether to indict the seven-time Cy Young Award winner on a charge of lying to Congress about whether he used performance-enhancing drugs.

EX-YANKEE ARRESTED: Former Yankees RHP Hideki Irabu was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in suburban Los Angeles on May 17. Records show that Irabu, 41, who lives in Rancho Palos Verdes, posted $5,000 bail.

SUIT SETTLED: A settlement has been approved in a wrongful death lawsuit involving former major-leaguer Jim Leyritz, who was charged in a drunken driving manslaughter crash. Attorney Sam Coffey said Leyritz's insurance will pay $250,000 to the family of Fredia Ann Veitch, who was killed in the December 2007 crash. The family also will receive $1,000 a month for 100 months.

MAKEUP GAME: The Indians rescheduled their May 7 postponement against the Tigers as part of a day-night doubleheader on July 17.

ANGELS: Struggling 3B Brandon Wood went on the 15-day disabled list with a slightly strained hip flexor. INF Maicer Izturis was activated after missing 18 games with right shoulder inflammation.

CUBS: RHP Carlos Zambrano will likely be back in the rotation next week, ending an uncomfortable stint in the bullpen.

DODGERS: LH reliever George Sherrill went on the 15-day disabled list with a mid-back strain. SS Rafael Furcal, who missed 24 games with a strained left hamstring, was activated.

GIANTS: LF Mark DeRosa plans to get a second opinion on his injured left wrist Thursday from Baltimore hand specialist Dr. Thomas Graham. DeRosa has been out since May 9 with nerve inflammation in the surgically repaired wrist.

ORIOLES: RH relievers Koji Uehara and Alfredo Simon went on the 15-day disabled list, moves that leave the club without a clear-cut closer. Uehara has a right elbow strain and Simon a strained left hamstring. LHP Alberto Castillo was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk, and the contract of RHP Frank Mata was purchased from Norfolk.

PHILLIES: Closer Brad Lidge threw 25 pitches in a bullpen session and could be activated from the 15-day disabled list next week. The right-hander is out with right elbow inflammation.

PIRATES: Former first-round pick Neil Walker was called up from Triple-A Indianapolis for his second big-league stint when 1B Steve Pearce went on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle.

ROCKIES: C Chris Iannetta, demoted to Triple-A Colorado Springs in late April, was recalled after hitting .349 with five homers in 64 at-bats for the Sky Sox.

TWINS: SS J.J. Hardy was activated from the 15-day disabled list. He missed 18 games with an injured left wrist.



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Mets say closer-coach dispute is behind them 05/25/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:16pm]
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