Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Rob Deer suffered an arm injury last night at the Mount Washington Tavern after an apparent scuffle in the bar's second-floor restaurant.
The laceration to his forearm required stitches, and Deer, the team's leading home run hitter, was treated at Sinai Hospital emergency room and released early this morning.
An emergency room supervisor declined to reveal details of the injury, saying only that Deer was treated and released and that any questions would have to be directed at Deer, who was unavailable for comment.
The Brewers, in town to begin a three-game series with the Orioles tonight at Memorial Stadium, had the use of the Tavern's top room for a private party at which about 25 players attended.
Manager Tom Trebelhorn, who was notified of the incident at his room at the Cross Keys Inn, said his players told him that an unidentified man came upstairs to "crash" the party at 12:30 a.m.
When asked to leave, the man begin swearing at several players and threw a beer before fleeing down the stairs, Trebelhorn said.
"A group of my players overreacted to this idiot and began to chase him down the stairs," Trebelhorn said. "Somehow, the railing became dislodged and Rob caught his forearm on one of the metal brackets that was holding it up and it caused a gash on his forearm."
However, one patron inside the bar, who asked not to be identified, said that the trouble began upstairs within the group of players. He said that even after Deer, 29, was escorted to Sinai Hospital by teammate Robin Yount, there was shouting among several of the remaining players.
Trebelhorn denied that there was any dissent among the Brewers.
"This was a team function and was completely under control until someone from outside the group started trouble," he said. "We have no problems except that Rob is hurt."
The police were not notified about the incident. Deer, when approached outside Sinai Hospital after treatment at 2:30 a.m., refused to comment.
Deer, who has 27 homers and 67 RBIs, is hitting .208 with 139 strikeouts.
The Brewers were expected by some to contend for the American League East championship, but it has been a disappointing season for the team and for many individual players.