Mets place Rodriguez on disqualified list

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Flushing, NY - The New York Mets took another step towards distancing themselves from embattled closer Francisco Rodriguez on Tuesday, placing him on the disqualified list.

The move came immediately following surgery to repair a torn ligament in the reliever's right thumb earlier Tuesday in Manhattan. Though the procedure was successful, Rodriguez will miss the remainder of the season.

As a result of being placed on the disqualified list, the Mets, who notified the MLBPA of the move, have the right to convert Rodriguez's contract to one which is not guaranteed.

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.

It was another blow to the reputation of Rodriguez, who had been involved in a physical confrontation following a game at last 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, as the Venezuelan hurler allegedly hit Carlos Pena and was then taken into custody by police. He was released a day later without bail and the Mets subsequently issued a two-game suspension.

Rodriguez issued an apology then pitched one scoreless inning in Saturday's 4-0 loss to the Phillies.

He finishes 2010 with a record of 4-2 with a 2.20 earned-run average and 25 saves in 30 opportunities.


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