Advertisement

 WASHINGTON (AP) -Center fielder Lastings Milledge was dropped from the Washington Nationals' starting lineup Thursday night against his former team, the New York Mets, for arriving late to the ballpark.
Milledge appeared as a pinch hitter in Washington's 10-5 victory, walking in the sixth inning.
``He showed up late to work. I love Milledge, and he knows it. And out of all the rules I have, I have three rules that are unbreakable,'' Washington manager Manny Acta said. ``Go ask (general manager) Jim Bowden, (team president) Stan Kasten and (team owners) the Lerners what would they do to me if I showed up late to work.''
After the game, Milledge said he wasn't surprised by being benched. He wouldn't say what delayed him.
``That doesn't matter. I was late,'' he said. ``It was something I couldn't control. I take full responsibility.''
Milledge, once a highly touted prospect in the Mets' organization, went to Washington during the offseason in a trade that sent catcher Brian Schneider and outfielder Ryan Church to New York.
Milledge is hitting .271 this season.

Recent MLB Discussions

Advertisement

Top MLB Public Bets

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Holliday, Cards try to keep rolling in Miami Between solving usually impenetrable New York closer Jeurys Familia and abusing Miami ace Jose Fernandez, it’s been quite a two-day stretch for the...
Thumbnail Weiss' Rockies embrace road test vs. Mets Yes, Trevor Story continues to obliterate the baseball. Nolan Arenado remains one of the game’s best all-around performers, too. Yet the Rockies are...
Thumbnail Nationals vs. Giants Free Pick The Giants continue to struggle in the second half but will they pull off a surprise upset of the Nationals at 10:15PM ET?
Thumbnail Pirates vs. Brewers Prediction Will the Pirates pull off the small upset versus the Brewers when the two NL Central rivals clash at 8:10PM ET?
Thumbnail Tigers, Astros kick off key weekend set Bloodied but unbowed, the Astros have plenty of reasons to begin this weekend’s series on a positive note.
More inMLB Articles  

MLB Team Pages

Advertisement