Kenny Rogers's immediate future will be decided by Major League Baseball, following the outburst by the Texas Rangers ace that sent a television cameraman to the hospital and prompted a police investigation.
Rogers shoved two cameramen before the Rangers' game against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday in a videotaped tirade that included throwing a camera to the ground, kicking it and threatening to break more.
The Rangers talked with MLB yesterday. Because the incident occurred on the field, MLB has jurisdiction. A decision on possible discipline is expected today, Texas owner Tom Hicks said.
"At this point there's nothing the Texas Rangers will or can do," Hicks said. "We will support whatever the commissioner decides."
General Manager John Hart said Rogers (9-3) would travel with the team to Seattle, where the left-hander is tentatively scheduled to pitch the series finale Sunday.
KDFW cameraman Larry Rodriguez filed an assault report Wednesday, Arlington police spokeswoman Christy Gilfour said. Detectives were to interview Rogers and Rodriguez yesterday. No charges had been filed.
* SUSPENSIONS: Yankees OF Gary Sheffield was suspended for two games by MLB.
Sheffield was ejected after being called out at first base by umpire C.B. Bucknor in Sunday's game against the Mets at Yankee Stadium. Sheffield threw his helmet after he was called out, and replays showed he appeared to beat the throw. . . .
Angels reliever Brendan Donnelly had his suspension for having pine tar on his glove during a game reduced to eight days by MLB.
Donnelly was ejected without throwing a pitch June 14 against the Washington Nationals and was suspended for 10 days. He appealed and received a two-day reduction.
* NO CONTEST: Rangers RHP Frank Francisco pleaded no contest to misdemeanor assault and was sentenced to a work program and anger management classes. Francisco, 25, was accused of tossing a chair at an Oakland Athletics fan on Sept. 13.
-- From News Services