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Leon expected back in A's camp by Monday


PHOENIX -- A day after being at the center of Team Canada and Team Mexico's bench-clearing brawl in the World Baseball Classic, A's minor league relief pitcher Arnold Leon was not back at Oakland camp Sunday morning, but manager Bob Melvin expected to see him by Monday at the latest.

Leon hit Canada's Rene Tosoni in the back with a fastball in the ninth inning of Team Mexico's elimination loss Saturday at Chase Field, igniting a wild incident and resulting in Leon's ejection from the game.

The Canadians, leading by six runs at the time, opened the ninth with a bunt single down the line. After Dodgers third baseman Luis Cruz fielded the ball, he appeared to point at his ribs then at Tosoni, as if he were telling Leon to throw at the next batter.

After the game, Team Mexico players declined to speak to the media, but Leon said from his Twitter account Sunday in Spanish, "Mexico Thanks for your support! Baseball anywhere in the world is the same! We must respect the foe have no matter the score!"

Melvin said before the A's game against the D-backs that he would decline comment until he saw video of the brawl.

"Is it for sure that it was intentional?" Melvin asked reporters. "I only read about it today; I would probably have to look at that before saying anything."

Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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