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ARLINGTON -- The Major League Baseball Players Association on Monday filed a grievance to reverse the Angels' decision to suspend outfielder Jose Guillen for the remainder of the season and the postseason.


Arbitrator Shyam Das will hear the case in the Bay Area on Friday, when the Angels arrive to play the Oakland Athletics for a three-game series that will end the regular season.


The Angels' decision came after Guillen's third public incident of misconduct this season took place Saturday in the win over the Oakland A's before a sellout crowd of 43,197.


Guillen was hit by a pitch to lead off the eighth inning but was pulled in favor of pinch-runner Alfredo Amezaga. Guillen threw up his arms in disgust, walked deliberately back to the dugout, then threw his glove against the wall of the dugout.


Guillen, who signed a two-year, $6 million deal with the Angels in the offseason, would stand to lose about $110,000 if the suspension was upheld.


Angels general manager Bill Stoneman said he didn't want to get specific about the team's discussions regarding the matter but that the Angels would defend their decision.


"It's something that's going to all be brought out in front of an arbitrator, and that's the appropriate setting," Stoneman said on the field before Monday night's game against the Texas Rangers at Ameriquest Field.


"Jose's conduct that followed [being taken out of the game], that's the bulk of it. ... There was stuff seen publicly and stuff that wasn't."


Although Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Guillen did not "initiate an apology" while at the ballpark Sunday, Scioscia said he spoke with Guillen on Sunday night after the Angels beat the A's and that Guillen expressed an understanding of "the magnitude of his actions."


"After he understood the ramifications, I think there was remorse," Scioscia said.


Guillen, who was the second-leading run producer on the Angels with a .294 batting average, 27 home runs and 104 RBIs, was not available to comment.


Stoneman and Scioscia declined to discuss what could happen in the hearing and wouldn't speculate on the possibility of Guillen being reinstated.



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