NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mets top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler’s actions on the mound last week led to an ugly clubhouse incident with “ethnic tensions,” according to the New York Daily News.
Wheeler hit minor league teammate Aderlin Rodriguez on the hand with a pitch during a recent intrasquad game, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson confirmed to WFAN radio on Friday. In a previous game, the Dominican third baseman slugged a home run and Cadillac-ed around the bases, apparently angering Wheeler.
“You know, at some point I think Aderlin and some others felt that it was intentional,” Alderson told WFAN’s Mike Francesa. “Zack has never said it was intentional. I think Aderlin had in the meantime apologized to Zack for the way in which he had gone around the bases.
“As a result, given the fact that a home run was hit, there was an apology, and then a subsequent hit (by pitch), there was some unhappiness on Aderlin’s part and on the part of some other people who didn’t appreciate it — including other Latin players on the team, and other American players, too.”