August 12, 2010
If we were playing Mets Clue and you guessed "Francisco Rodriguez in the Citi Field Family Lounge with his pitching hand," then you would totally win.
Rodriguez was arrested at the ballpark on Wednesday night for allegedly assaulting his 53-year-old father-in-law. The victim was reportedly taken by ambulance to Flushing Hospital, where he received treatment for "facial abrasions and a head injury."
Here are the essential details on the incident via the New York Daily News:
Investigators believe the hotheaded closer threw at least one punch during the 10:15 p.m. scuffle, which spilled out of the team's Family Lounge.
Rodriguez was yelling as he was pushed into the hallway, which was crowded with several woman and children waiting for players after the game.
Team security arrived and stopped foot traffic in the hallway as they pulled the pitcher from the group and hustled him back into the clubhouse.
"Mind your own [expletive] business," Rodriguez snapped at a reporter who witnessed the fight and asked for an explanation.
Rodriguez then left the clubhouse but was taken into police custody a short time later.
According to the New York Post, Rodriguez was actually held in police custody overnight at Citi Field. Everyone involved in this situation has declined to comment. The Mets have acknowledged the altercation, but they're referring all other questions to the police department.
It's not like fantasy owners can simply call the NYPD and ask who's going to close in K-Rod's absence, though. The candidates include Hisanori Takahashi(notes), Manny Acosta(notes), Bobby Parnell(notes) and Pedro Feliciano(notes). We of course have no idea how much time Rodriguez might miss. The Mets have four games remaining on the current home-stand, then they travel to Houston and Pittsburgh next week.
We should note that Takahashi took the loss on Wednesday, while Acosta was charged with a blown save. Those two inherited a 2-1 lead in the eighth inning, then allowed five runs to the Rockies. Mets manager Jerry Manuel declined to use K-Rod with two outs and the bases loaded; Acosta gave up a grand slam to Melvin Mora(notes). Here's the highlight. It was the fattest of pitches.
Following the game (and the alleged assault), K-Rod offered these thoughts on Manuel's decision to stick with Acosta:
"I'm not saying [expletive] anything," Rodriguez said. "I got nothing to [expletive] say to you guys. Did I [expletive] pitch? Did I [expletive] pitch? Then why do I got to [expletive] talk?"
If I had to speculate on the Mets' bullpen … well, I just wouldn't be able to pull the trigger on Acosta or Parnell. That would leave me with Takahashi (Plan A) or Feliciano (Plan B) as the less-dangerous alternatives in the committee. This is a mess, a situation to avoid if at all possible.
Let's move on to more pleasant subjects…
• Mike Stanton(notes) faced a parade of sketchy Washington pitchers on Wednesday, and he hit 'em all. He doubled off Scott Olsen(notes) and Miguel Batista(notes), then he hit a 2,000-foot homer off Joel Peralta(notes). Check the tape. That thing was launched.
Stanton finished 5-for-5 with two runs scored and four RBIs. He's now hitting .259/.332/.519, which isn't such a bad line for a 20-year-old. Stanton has 14 doubles and 11 homers (and 67 Ks) in 52 games. Nobody ever promised you a respectable batting average, but Stanton offers plenty of power.
• Mr. Pianowski would want you to know that shortstop Ian Desmond(notes) hit a pair of solo homers in the Nationals' loss to Florida. Over the past two weeks, Desmond has hit .333 with three homers and three steals. Now that his playing time situation is settled, he's a solid bet to finish the year as a 15-15 player.
• With all due respect to Dallas Braden(notes), the fantasy takeaway from his six-strikeout complete game win is that we should all seek opportunities to pick on the Mariners' lineup. Seattle is dead-last in the majors in total runs (370), batting average (.235), on-base percentage (.301), and slugging percentage (.337). The Ms will face Fausto Carmona(notes) on Friday, Mitch Talbot(notes) on Saturday and Justin Masterson(notes) on Sunday.
• Baltimore's Brad Bergesen(notes) tossed a complete game two-hitter on Wednesday, picking up his first win since May 12. Despite the nice line against Cleveland, he remains a high-risk/low-reward fantasy option. He pitches for a last-place team in a brutal division, and he's only recorded 49 Ks in 111.0 innings this season. Nonetheless, Bergesen is approved for use against Seattle next week (see above).
• The Diamondbacks tied a major league record by hitting back-to-back-to-back-to-back home runs in their 8-2 win over the Brewers. Adam LaRoche(notes), Miguel Montero(notes), Mark Reynolds(notes) and Stephen Drew(notes) hit the bombs off Milwaukee starter Dave Bush(notes). You'll find video of every blast here, via MLB.com. Daniel Hudson(notes) earned his third straight win for Arizona, striking out nine Brewers over seven innings. The 23-year-old right-hander is just 10 percent owned, and he's got a two-start week coming up (vs. CIN, vs. COL).
• Houston closer Matt Lindstrom(notes) will reportedly receive a day or two off, because he's dealing with back spasms. He's allowed six hits, three HRs, and seven earned runs over his last three appearances, dating back to August 6. Brandon Lyon(notes) didn't exactly make a convincing argument to poach future save opportunities, as he allowed two hits, three walks (two IBB) and five runs on Wednesday in an extra-inning loss to Atlanta.
• Andres Torres(notes) continued his astonishingly
zesty season on Wednesday, going 2-for-3 with a pair of stolen bases in a 5-4 win against the Cubs. Also incredibly useful: Pat Burrell(notes) (2-for-4, HR, 3 RBIs).
• We conclude today's CT with updates on three injured second basemen: Chase Utley(notes) (thumb) has been cleared to swing a bat, and he remains on schedule for a late-August return. Elsewhere, Boston's Dustin Pedroia(notes) (foot) is expected to return to action next Tuesday when the Red Sox begin a nine-game home-stand, and Martin Prado(notes) (pinkie) will take BP on Friday, with an eye toward joining the Braves early next week.
Photos via Getty Images (Rodriguez) and AP (Stanton)