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“The Mets‘ actions are without basis and I expect the union will file a challenge right away,” players’ association head Michael Weiner wrote in an e-mail to The Associated Press.

If the union files a grievance and the case isn’t settled, arbitrator Shyam Das would decide whether the Mets‘ actions were justified.

The Mets said they haven’t decided if they’ll try to void the remainder of K-Rod’s contract, which would be an even stronger step that would potentially eliminate termination pay next year and the 2012 buyout. Wilpon said that’s a decision that doesn’t have to be made now, but the team will reserve its right to do that in the future.

Minaya said the club is not aware of any problems with violence in Rodriguez’s past. The GM said he hopes Rodriguez will return next season.

“We do plan on bringing him back next year,” Minaya said. “Today we want him back. Let’s see how this process goes.”

Doctors have told the team that if Rodriguez performs his rehabilitation, he’ll be ready for spring training next year.

When Rodriguez returned from his suspension, he apologized to teammates and fans and said he would undergo anger management counseling. Then he gave up a leadoff double but didn’t allow a run in a 4-0 loss to Philadelphia on Saturday.

Mets manager Jerry Manuel said Monday that Rodriguez didn’t indicate he was injured before pitching in Saturday’s game. Manuel said he first learned of the injury on Sunday.

Rodriguez is accused of grabbing 53-year-old Carlos Pena, hauling him into a tunnel near the family lounge beneath Citi Field and hitting him in the face. Pena was taken to a hospital with a scrape and swelling above his eyebrow.

“I just hope that he takes this time off to make things right with his family, get that stuff situated,” Mets third baseman David Wright said. “When he’s ready to come back physically, we’ll welcome him back. He’s got our support in here and hopefully he gets that stuff straight away from the field.”

Hisanori Takahashi got his first career save while filling in for Rodriguez in a 3-1 win over the Astros on Monday night.

Right-hander Ryota Igarashi was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo before Tuesday’s game to take Rodriguez’s roster spot.


AP Sports Writer Ronald Blum in New York contributed to this report.