The son of former Yankees first baseman Don Mattingly was arrested Tuesday on charges of shoving his mother and spitting in her face, according to The Evansville Courier & Press.
Taylor Mattingly, a 24-year-old taken in the 42nd round by the Yankees in the 2003 First-Year Player Draft, was booked in Vanderburgh County Jail in Indiana on charges of battery by bodily waste, battery and criminal mischief -- all misdemeanors -- and was released on $250 bond late Tuesday night, The Courier & Press reported on Wednesday.
His case was deferred so he can apply for a pretrial diversion program, according to The Associated Press, which said Taylor Mattingly is due to appear in court again on Sept. 10.
Mattingly told investigators he was upset at an insulting text message by his mother, Kim Mattingly, and admitted "he snapped, pushed Kim down and spit on her," deputy Nathan Espenlaub wrote in his affidavit. Kim Mattingly said her son was arguing about problems he encountered trying to trade in a car and her recent decision to cancel the cable TV at the ranch he was staying in, The Courier & Press reported. About 15 minutes after the service was cut, the affidavit said, Taylor Mattingly arrived at his mother's home. The two began to argue, according to The AP.
The affidavit then stated that Taylor Mattingly went into an "abusive tirade" before picking up a chair and using it to smash a glass patio table -- a piece of which cut Kim Mattingly's upper thigh.
Taylor Mattingly was not at the scene when authorities arrived, but he turned himself in later.
Taylor Mattingly only played one season of Rookie ball in the Yankees' system. His father, a former American League Most Valuable Player, currently serves as the Dodgers' hitting coach.
Kim and Don Mattingly filed for divorce in November 2007. They have two other sons: Preston, who plays in the Dodgers' organization, and Jordon.
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.