Nats GM Rizzo, Rodriguez penalized for ump run-in

May 23, 2011 - 10:00 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo and catcher Ivan Rodriguez have been penalized by Major League Baseball for verbally confronting umpires in a stadium tunnel after a disputed call last week.

Rodriguez was fined an undisclosed amount, MLB spokesman Pat Courtney said Monday. Courtney confirmed Rizzo was disciplined, but provided no specifics.

In general, penalties for non-uniformed personnel involve fines.

The Nationals were upset after Jayson Werth was called out by first-base umpire Phil Cuzzi in the ninth inning of Thursday's 1-0 loss to the New York Mets. Replays appeared to show Werth was safe.