Phillies OF Jason Michaels was arrested early yesterday after allegedly punching a uniformed police officer outside a Philadelphia nightclub.

Michaels, 29, spent nine hours in custody before he was released on his own recognizance at about noon, Philadelphia police Cpl. Jim Pauley said.

"He punched a Philadelphia police officer and wrestled him to the ground, in the process ripping the police officer's shirt," said Pauley, who added that officer Timothy Taylor suffered minor injuries in the incident. "It took four officers to control him."

Police were dispersing a crowd in the Old City entertainment district just before 3 a.m. and everyone moved on willingly except Michaels, Pauley said. Michaels, 6 feet and 205 pounds, was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, simple assault and reckless endangerment. He is due to appear in court on Thursday.

"I really would love to talk to you guys about this, but I've been advised by my attorney not to say anything," Michaels said before the Phillies played the Braves last night.

* PIRATES PROTEST: A third-inning incident in Milwaukee yesterday led Pittsburgh to play the game under protest.

The Pirates, who wound up winning 11-10, were leading 2-0 in the third when the game was delayed for about 10 minutes while both managers met with umpires. Pittsburgh Manager Lloyd McClendon contended that Brewers starter Doug Davis was stopping twice during his delivery.

"My contention is it was an illegal windup," McClendon said.

Milwaukee Manager Ned Yost said Davis wasn't doing anything different than he has previously. "He wasn't deceiving any runners," Yost said.

-- From News Services

Philadelphia outfielder Jason Michaels allegedly hit a police officer early yesterday.