10/21/2003 8:56 PM ET
Garcia, Nelson focus on Series
MIAMI -- While a show-cause hearing has been set for November 7 in Boston to determine whether Karim Garcia and Jeff Nelson will face assault charges for their bullpen skirmish with a Fenway Park employee during the ALCS, the two players tried to keep their focus on the World Series.
By Mark Feinsand / MLB.com
Neither Garcia nor Nelson would comment on the latest developments.
"It will all be there when this thing is over with," said manager Joe Torre. "I will make a point to see where their heads are, because thinking or worrying about it now isn't going to affect what happens later."
Garcia was in the starting lineup for Game 3 at Pro Player Stadium.
The incident, which took place during Game 3 of the ALCS on October 11, involved Fenway grounds crew member Paul Williams, who, according to the players, was cheering loudly for the Red Sox. According to Nelson, when he asked Williams to move to the Boston bullpen, Williams began screaming at him and jumped up in his face.
Police filed paperwork in Roxbury District Court on Tuesday, requesting the hearing to determine whether there is probable cause to charge the two players with assault and battery. The clerk's office says the paperwork and the show-cause hearing are not open to the public.
General manager Brian Cashman said that he didn't expect the upcoming hearing to have an effect on the players during the remaining games of the World Series.
"I think these guys have learned to separate this stuff," Cashman said. "Nellie came back and pitched a scoreless inning the next day in Boston, and we've seen what Garcia has done in the postseason. They'll allow the process to take its course and we'll see where it winds up in the end."
"Maybe we're sort of conditioned because of everything that goes on in New York that there are things that our team has to deal with, probably more often than other teams," Torre said. "I won't take it for granted that's the case. I will talk with them. I did in Boston when it initially happened."
Cashman said that he has not followed the case very closely, receiving reports from Yankees COO Lonn Trost.
"There hasn't been much to monitor until action was taken by Boston Police," Cashman said. "Now the hearing is set for early November, and that's all I know."
Cashman said that he was not sure whether the other Yankees who witnessed the incident would testify at any point.
Mark Feinsand is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.