Reports: Barfield taken to hospital after fight with son

Updated: August 21, 2006, 3:03 AM ET
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HOUSTON -- Former All-Star outfielder Jesse Barfield was taken to a hospital Sunday after he suffered a head injury when he was shoved down a flight of stairs by his 18-year-old son, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Barfield, 46, was treated and released, but Jeremy Barfield was arrested shortly after 8 a.m., the newspaper reported.

Jesse Barfield
Ron Turenne/Getty ImagesJesse Barfield, whose older son Josh plays for the Padres, was known for his strong arm and big bat during his playing days with the Blue Jays and Yankees.

The younger Barfield, a high school star outfielder, was drafted in the ninth round by the New York Mets in June. According to a spokesperson for the sheriff's office, Barfield will face a Class A misdemeanor charge of family assault, KTRK of Houston reported. The Harris County District Attorney's office has accepted that charge, according to the ABC affiliate.

"[Jeremy] and his father had some kind of argument that apparently took place on the stairs in his house," Lt. John Martin, a spokesman for the Harris County Sheriff's Department, told the Chronicle. "The father was lower on [the] stairs than Jeremy was and ... at some point during argument, Jeremy shoved him and he ended up falling down the stairs and struck his head pretty hard on the floor."

The arresting deputy said the Barfields were getting ready for church, and went to check on what was delaying Jeremy, "and they got into an argument," Martin said.

Jeremy Barfield, whose older brother, Josh, plays second base for the San Diego Padres, hasn't yet signed with the Mets. He signed a letter of intent with San Jacinto College in Texas.

Jesse Barfield, who played 12 major league seasons with Toronto and the New York Yankees, hit .256 with 241 career homers and 716 RBI. He was an All-Star in 1986, when he won the first of two consecutive Gold Gloves.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.