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Closed Out: K-Rod Suspended After Arrest on Assault Charges

"Ownership and the organization are very disappointed in Francisco's inappropriate behavior," Mets COO says



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    Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez was suspended for two days by the team Thursday, a day after he was charged with assaulting his father-in-law at a Citi Field family lounge following a game.

    After appearing in court Thursday, Rodriguez was released on his own recognizance.  A judge declined a prosecutor's request for $5,000 bail saying "we know where to find him."

    Meanwhile, Rodriguez was placed on the restricted list and removed from the active roster. The Mets said he will not be with the team during that time. If not reversed, Rodriguez would lose $125,683 of his $11.5 million salary.

    "Ownership and the organization are very disappointed in Francisco's inappropriate behavior and we take this matter very seriously," Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon said.

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    Rodriguez was arrested and held at the ballpark and charged with third-degree assault after Wednesday night's game,police said. His father-in-law was in a hospital with a scraped face and bump on his head.

    The judge today issued an order of protection against Rodriguez, prohibiting him from seeing his common law wife or father in law.  Both live with Rodgriguez, so the Mets closer will only be able to go home once in coming days and with a police escort.

    Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz said Rodriguez was questioned by police, adding "all other questions pertaining to this matter can be addressed to police."

    Before the discipline was announced, Rodriguez's lawyer, Jay Reisinger, declined comment in an e-mail to The Associated Press.

    Mets manager Jerry Manuel, speaking before the suspension, said he wouldn't hesitate to use Rodriguez during Thursday's game against Colorado if the pitcher returned to Citi Field in time

    "I'd like to wait and see or hear the whole story," Manuel said. "It's unfair to comment or accuse of something here or there."

    General manager Omar Minaya, at the owners' quarterly meetings in Minneapolis, declined to comment before the suspension was announced.

    "It just happened last night and we're working to gather more information," he said.

    Right-hander Ryota Igarashi was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to fill Rodriguez's roster spot and the Mets expected him to arrive during Thursday's game.

    Manuel said Rodriguez's actions were not a distraction to his slumping team, who began the day fourth in the NL East at 56-57.

    "We've had a lot of things go on here and there," he said. "We are men and things come our way and we still have a job to do. We have to perform, which right now we're not doing very well at, but we still have to put forth our best effort."

    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 the Rockies. Rodriguez's father-in-law had swelling above his right eyebrow.

    Mets shortstop Jose Reyes said his wife and daughter were in the family room when it happened.

    "I don't know exactly what happened," Reyes said. "You don't want to see that happen, especially here at the ballpark. I hope he comes clean about what happened because we need him here."

    Mets outfielder Jeff Francoeur's wife was in the lounge.

    "I think it happened more outside, I think, not directly in the family room," he said.

    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 reached this level.

    "Maybe it's a distraction we need," Francoeur said. "Not to say it's a good thing. But maybe at the end of the day we can turn it into a positive. I know for him, it's between him and his family."

    The excitable, 28-year-old pitcher signed a $37 million, three-year contract with the Mets after saving a record 62 games 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 gave up a two-out grand slam to Melvin Mora 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 Yankees reliever Brian Bruney needed to be separated before a game. They had jawed at each other in the media a day earlier.