K-Rod avoids jail time with plea

New York Mets pitcher Francisco Rodriguez walks to the State Supreme Court in Queens in order to...

New York Mets pitcher Francisco Rodriguez walks to the State Supreme Court in Queens in order to plead guilty to attempted assault for hitting his girlfriend's father at Citi Field in New York December 3, 2010. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)

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NEW YORK -- New York Mets relief ace Francisco Rodriguez entered a plea of guilty to attempted assault charges in connection with last August's incident with his girlfriend's father at Citi Field.

Rodriguez won't face jail time, as long as he completes an anger-management treatment program, according to the New York Post.

The incident occurred after an August 11 game when Rodriguez allegedly punched Carlos Pena. The star pitcher was taken into police custody and released the next day.

Rodriguez suffered a torn ligament in his right thumb that required surgery. After a two-game suspension, he was placed on the disqualified list by the Mets. The union filed a grievance on his behalf and the two sides resolved the issue in October, an agreement that cost Rodriguez about $3.1 million of his 2010 salary.

In addition to the assault charge, Rodriguez pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct after sending numerous text messages to his girlfriend in violation of a judge's order to not contact her.

Rodriguez is expected to be ready for spring training. He was 4-2 with a 2.20 earned run average and 25 saves in his second season with the Mets. He set a big league record with 62 saves in 2008 as an Angel and signed a lucrative free agent contract with the Mets before the 2009 campaign.


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