HOUSTON - New York Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez has a ligament tear in his right thumb, and it has been recommended that he undergo surgery to repair the injury.
Rodriguez did not travel with the Mets to Houston following Sunday’s game against Philadelphia and was examined at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. An MRI exam revealed the tear, while the Mets’ medical staff recommended surgery. A date for the procedure has not been set.
It is unclear exactly how Rodriguez suffered the injury, but several media outlets reported he injured the thumb Wednesday, when he allegedly hit his girlfriend’s father after a loss to Colorado. He was taken into custody by police and released a day later, then was issued a two-game suspension by the Mets.
Rodriguez pitched Saturday, but his season is now apparently over. In 53 appearances, he has posted a 2.20 ERA, 25 saves and 4-2 record.
The 28-year-old is due to make $11.5 million in 2011, the last year of his contract. However, he has an option for 2012 worth $17.5 million that is guaranteed if Rodriguez finishes 55 games in 2011, finishes 100 games between 2010-11, and if doctors declare him healthy after the 2011 season. Rodriguez has finished 46 games this year.