|Mariners pitcher Mateo questioned in NYC after wife gets stitches|
|Written by Admin|
|Saturday, 05 May 2007 14:06|
NEW YORK (AP) -Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Julio Mateo was being questioned by police Saturday following a domestic dispute at a Manhattan hotel that left his wife needing stitches to her mouth, police said.|
The incident occurred around 2:30 a.m. Saturday, police said, shortly after the Mariners defeated the New York Yankees 15-11 in a game where Mateo did not pitch. The 6-foot, 220-pound reliever was not at the midtown hotel when police arrived after the dispute, police spokesman Sgt. Mike Wysokowski said.
Mateo voluntarily turned himself in at a Manhattan police station Saturday evening and was speaking to investigators. A police spokesman said the pitcher was not immediately charged with any crime.
Mateo's wife was treated for her injuries at St. Vincent's Hospital in Manhattan, according to Wysokowski.
``We've encouraged Julio to cooperate with the proper authorities and it's our understanding that's what he plans to do,'' Mariners spokesman Tim Hevly said before Saturday's game. ``Otherwise while this is in the legal system, we can't have any further comment.''
Hevly said he was unsure of the reliever's whereabouts before the game. There was no sign of Mateo in the Mariners' clubhouse, where his jersey was still hanging inside his Yankee Stadium locker.
After Seattle's 8-1 loss, Mateo was sent down to Triple-A Tacoma. He was 1-0 with a 3.75 ERA in nine games this season.
The 29-year-old righty was in the final season of a $1,875,000, two-year contract.
A native of the Dominican Republic, Mateo and his wife, Aurea, had their second child, Julian, in March.
Last year, Mateo was leading all major league relievers with nine wins when an August weightlifting accident sidelined him with a broken left hand. He was 9-4 with a 4.19 ERA in 48 games last season.
AP Sports Writer Jay Cohen contributed to this report.
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