The players association today filed a grievance over the Houston Astros' release of pitcher Shawn Chacon -- a former member of the Colorado Rockies, and a native of Greeley.
The union says Houston's decision to terminate Chacon's contract was without just cause.
Chacon cleared waivers and was released yesterday -- five days after a physical altercation with general manager Ed Wade in the Houston clubhouse.
The 30-year-old pitcher was suspended after shoving Wade to the floor before the Astros played Texas last Wednesday. Wade says he'd asked Chacon to go into manager Cecil Cooper's office for a meeting.
Chacon refused, and the confrontation ensued.
Chacon had a 2-million-dollar salary this year. The decision to terminate the contract means nearly $984,000 won't be paid.