K-Rod charged with assaulting in-law (AP)

Aug 12th, 2010 | By sportsnews | Category: Sports

NEW YORK (AP)—New York Mets closing pitcher Francisco Rodriguez of Venezuela
was charged with third-degree assault late Wednesday night after scuffling with
his father-in-law at Citi Field, police said.

Rodriguez was arrested and being held at the ballpark early Thursday, police
said. His father-in-law was in a hospital with a scrape on his face and a bump
on his head.

“There was an incident at the ballpark between Francisco Rodriguez and his
family. He was questioned by police and all other questions pertaining to this
matter can be addressed to police,” Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz said.

Several security guards, along with some women and children, were seen
around the Mets’ family lounge near the clubhouse after New York’s 6-2 loss to
Colorado. Rodriguez’s father-in-law had swelling above his right eyebrow.

Rodriguez has had previous confrontations with a team official, a coach and
an opponent in his 1 1/2 seasons with the Mets, though none of them reached this
level.

The excitable, 28-year-old pitcher signed a three-year, $37 million contract
with the Mets after posting a record 62 saves with the Angels in 2008. He is 4-2
with 25 saves and a 2.24 ERA this season.

Rodriguez did not pitch in the Mets’ latest loss, which dropped them below
.500. Reliever Manny Acosta(notes) gave up a two-out grand slam to Melvin Mora(notes) in the
eighth inning.

In May, Rodriguez and bullpen coach Randy Niemann got into a heated exchange
while the pitcher was preparing to enter a game. Mets manager Jerry Manuel later
said the matter was resolved, without divulging what caused the dispute.

In July 2009, Rodriguez and former Mets official Tony Bernazard argued
aboard the team bus. Bernazard was later fired by the Mets amid several
allegations.

That June, Rodriguez and New York Yankees reliever Brian Bruney(notes) needed to be
separated before a game. They had sniped at each other in the media a day
earlier.

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