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Clark 'concerned' about Phils-NCAA involvement

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Major League Baseball Players Association visited camp Wednesday to talk to its players, and afterward MLBPA executive director Tony Clark met with reporters and said the union is "concerned" about the Phillies' recent involvement with the NCAA.

The Phillies turned in Oregon State pitcher Ben Wetzler and Washington State outfielder Jason Monda to the NCAA for using agents during negotiations after they did not sign contracts with the team.

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Wetzler and Monda were drafted in the fifth and sixth rounds of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, respectively. Monda has been reinstated by the NCAA, but Wetzler has been suspended the first 11 games of the season.

"Concerned and troubled, I'm thinking those two words connect," Clark said. "Yes, we are concerned. Based on what we find out will determine what, if anything, lends itself to further discussion. But yes we are concerned enough to be further inquiring about what may have happened. We are gathering information as we speak.

"I don't know how it happened. I don't know why it happened. I don't know what the rationale was behind it. I really don't know. I hope to know at some point soon."

The Phillies said little, other than issuing a statement acknowledging their involvement and saying they do not believe this will damage their reputation.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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