Finley Rejoins Indians Amid Allegations Of Attack By Wife

By LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer

DETROIT (AP) - Chuck Finley rejoined the Cleveland Indians on Friday after missing his opening day start because his wife was charged with kicking him in their car.

Finley (pictured, right) would not speak to reporters about the case, Indians spokesman Bart Swain said.

Cleveland played Detroit in the Tigers' home opener Friday. The left-hander was not scheduled to pitch until Tuesday's game against Minnesota.

"I'm not worried about Finley at all," Cleveland manager Charlie Manuel said before the game. "He's a strong-minded person. He can take care of his personal life, and that's how it should be."

"Anytime he wants to talk to me, I'll be there for him, but I'm not going to be nosy and intervene in one of my player's life," Manuel said. "All I told him is he's pitching Tuesday and to be ready. And he said he would be."

Tawny Kitaen, an actress who appeared in the Tom Hanks movie "Bachelor Party," was to be arraigned Wednesday but told court officials she was ill. She was released several hours later and left jail without talking to reporters.

She was told to return court April 29. If convicted of misdemeanor spousal abuse and battery, she faces up to a year in jail and a $6,000 fine.

She was arrested after an argument with Finley. She was accused of kicking him repeatedly with high heels and pressing her foot on the accelerator. He was not seriously hurt.

They were married in 1997 and have two daughters.

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