ATLANTA — The Major League Baseball Players Assn. has filed a grievance on behalf of former Atlanta Braves outfielder Albert Hall, who was released this spring after he voluntarily sought treatment for alcohol abuse.
The grievance charges that the release was without cause and seeks reinstatement to the Braves for Hall, who signed a minor-league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 23 and has since played for their Class AAA affiliate in Buffalo.
Hall, 31, entered an Atlanta rehabilitation clinic Feb. 21 for treatment of alcohol dependency. After completing the 28-day program, Hall joined the team in West Palm Beach on March 22, eight days before the club left spring training. He appeared in two games as a pinch-runner and never had an at-bat before being given his unconditional release March 31.
Hall would have earned $250,000 this year but the Braves absolved themselves of Hall's contract upon releasing him.