Seattle Mariners relief pitcher
was arrested yesterday after an early-morning dispute at a Manhattan hotel that left his female companion needing five stitches to her mouth, police said.
Police initially identified the woman as Mateo's wife, but later said it was unclear whether that was true.
The 6-foot 220-pounder was arrested on a charge of third-degree assault and was awaiting arraignment because of the incident, which happened around 2:30 a.m., police said, well after the Mariners had defeated the Yankees Friday night. Mateo was not at the hotel when police arrived. The 29-year-old turned himself in at a Manhattan police station yesterday evening.
After Seattle's 8-1 loss yesterday, Mateo was sent down to triple-A Tacoma.
Mateo was in the final season of a $1,875,000, two-year contract. He and his wife, Aurea, had their second child, Julian, in March.
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter, sidelined since opening day with an elbow injury, will undergo arthroscopic surgery early this week after suffering a setback in his rehab program. Carpenter, a 15-game winner last year and the NL Cy Young award winner in 2005, will be out at least three months, the team said.
The Texas Rangers placed righthander Kevin Millwood on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 29. The Rangers' top starter, Millwood - 2-3 with a 5.88 ERA in six starts - strained his left hamstring on Wednesday while shagging fly balls in the outfield.
Yankees centerfielder Johnny Damon wasn't in the starting lineup against Seattle after his right calf cramped up during his last at-bat in the series opener on Friday night.
Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer was a late scratch from the lineup last night because of a sore left quadriceps muscle.
The Chicago White Sox' Jon Garland now is 12-2 in his last 17 starts on the road. He was 8-0 in 10 day-game starts last season.
- Associated Press