Interleague rivalry games will be reduced

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The number of games between interleague rivals such as the Yankees and Mets, Cubs and White Sox, and Dodgers and Angels will be reduced under Major League Baseball’s new schedule format for 2013.

Players’ union head Michael Weiner said Tuesday that in most instances the rivalry games will be cut from six to either four or three. The new format was caused by next year’s move of the Houston Astros to the American League, creating two 15-team circuits and the need for interleague play throughout the season.

METS: Pitcher Dillon Gee has undergone surgery to remove a blood clot from an artery in his throwing shoulder.

The team said Tuesday no timetable has been set for the right-hander’s return, but he will miss his next start and likely will be put on the disabled list.

Gee pitched eight innings of one-run ball in Saturday’s 3-1 win over the Chicago Cubs. He was scheduled to start New York’s first game after the All-Star break against the Braves.

INDIANS: The baseball players’ union might file a grievance against the club if they withhold pay from pitcher Nick Hagadone, who injured a hand in frustration.

Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said the left-hander was hurt after a bad relief outing against Tampa Bay on Friday night and said the injury was self-inflicted. The 26-year-old rookie gave up two hits, walked two and allowed two runs while recording two outs.

Cleveland optioned Hagadone to the minors Saturday then placed him on their minor league disqualification list the following day. His next payday is Sunday, and he has a contract calling for a $480,500 salary in the major leagues and $78,250 in the minors.

“If Nick is not paid what he in our view is supposed to be paid on July 15, then we’ll have a fight about it,” Weiner told the Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Tuesday.

He cited a case involving Yankees pitcher Doyle Alexander, who broke a finger when he punched a dugout wall in 1982.

“Baseball is a very intense game, and if a player in the intensity of the moment does something, makes a mistake and whams his hand against the dugout or a door and does something or is injured, that’s a work-related injury,” Weiner said. “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. I expect, I certainly hope, that with that kind of precedent that we’ll be able to quickly resolve this matter.”


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