FLUSHING, NY - New York Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez was activated from the restricted list on Saturday and issued an apology regarding a physical confrontation he had on Wednesday when he reportedly hit his girlfriend’s father.
The incident took place at Citi Field following Wednesday night’s 6-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies. Rodriguez allegedly hit Carlos Pena and was then taken into custody by police. He was released a day later and the Mets issued a two-game suspension.
The pitcher said he was going to go through an anger management program, but couldn’t speak further about the incident due to legal ramifications.
“First of all, I’m extremely sorry. I want to apologize to Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon and Mr. `Saul~ Katz for the incident that happened Wednesday night,” Rodriguez said. “I want to apologize also to Mets fans, to my teammates and I want to apologize, of course, to the front office for the embarrassment that I caused. I’m looking forward to being a better person.”
Rodriguez is scheduled to be back in court Sept. 14. He was reportedly ordered to stay away from his girlfriend, who is the mother of their one-year-old twins.
The 28-year-old Rodriguez, who is 4-2 with a 2.24 ERA this season, has converted his last four save opportunities and has 25 for the year.
The Mets made other roster moves prior to Saturday’s game with the Phillies. They selected the contract of pitcher Pat Misch from Triple-A Buffalo and optioned pitchers Ryota Igarashi and Raul Valdes to Buffalo.