Bar none, nobody in the Los Angeles Dodgers'organization was happy with Joe Beimel. The lefty reliever was removed from the Dodgers'playoff roster after cutting his pitching hand early Tuesday. Beimel originally told the team he injured himself inside in his hotel room _ later, he admitted he cut it on a broken glass in a New York bar.
Beimel was quoted in Friday's Los Angeles Times, explaining what actually happened. That angered manager Grady Little and prompted teammate Brett Tomko to call Beimel's action"a selfish thing to do."
Beimel said the accident occurred about 2:30 a.m. He told the Times he initially tried to stop the bleeding in the bar's bathroom. Later, at the team hotel, he called one of the Dodgers'trainers to his room.
"It does bother me,"Little said Friday."It just adds to the disappointment we have. Everyone knows what's at stake at this time of year. It's all about personal responsibility. It's a situation where the individual showed very little. He's responsible for his own actions."
Beimel, a non-roster invitee to spring training, was 2-1 with a 2.96 ERA with two saves in 62 games. He figured as the Dodgers'top left-handed reliever and a key setup man against the Mets, who have several good left-handed hitters.
Instead, the Dodgers have had to go with Mark Hendrickson, mostly a starter in his career.
Little said he hadn't spoken directly with Beimel.
"I've got more important things on my mind now,"he said."We'll deal with it later. He broke more than just a curfew."
Little said players are required to be in their rooms at midnight or two hours after a game ends when the team is on the road, although he doesn't do bed checks.
"I'm not happy about it. I'm sure there are a lot of people that aren't happy about it,"said Tomko, a right-handed reliever."There's plenty of time to go have fun. In my opinion, it was an inappropriate time to go out. A lot of people went out. It's just being an adult and being responsible. He just chose not to, at that point.
"When it's said and done, it's about character in this game."
First baseman Nomar Garciaparra said the news regarding Beimel was disappointing to the entire team.
"But that's something he's going to have to live with more than the rest of us,"Garciaparra said."We're all men and we're all responsible for ourselves and we all know what we have to do to get ourselves prepared for our job."
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