Wrong kind of punch-out, K-Rod.
Police arrested Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez after Wednesday night's game at Citi Field and charged him with assaulting his father-in-law, police sources told the New York Daily News and others. The Mets said Thursday that they have suspended the reliever for two days.
The Daily News said Rodriguez and his father-in-law brawled in a tunnel between a family room and the Mets clubhouse shortly after the Colorado Rockies scored a 6-2 victory. Rodriguez's father-in-law suffered facial abrasions and was taken by ambulance to Flushing Hospital about 10:15 p.m.
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Investigators believe Rodriguez threw at least one punch. K-Rod, known for his emotional outbursts on the mound, was charged with third-degree assault. He was detained and processed at Citi Field's own police precinct, and arraignment reportedly comes Thursday morning at Queens Criminal Court.
In a statement, the Mets mostly deferred to police.
"There was an incident between Francisco Rodriguez and his family tonight at the ballpark," said Jay Horwitz, the Mets' VP of media relations, in a verbal statement. "He was questioned by police. All other questions pertaining to this incident will be referred to the police department."
Rodriguez, 28, did not pitch Wednesday, but apparently was surly when he was asked why by reporters. Moments later, the fight broke out.
Via the Daily News:
When approached and asked about the scene in the hallway, the visibly angry Rodriguez snapped, "Mind your own [expletive] business," to a reporter who witnessed the altercation.
The Mets have a 56-57 record and stand 9 1/2 games out of first place in the NL East — all of which takes on significantly less importance when compared with alleged criminal activity by their players.
Rodriguez has converted 25 of 30 save opportunities and has a 2.24 ERA, a 1.154 WHIP and 67 strikeouts in 56 1/3 innings this season.
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