Francisco Rodriguez would like to give Mets another try

Mets relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez reacts in the Mets relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez reacts in the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies. (August 7, 2010) Photo Credit: Christopher Pasatieri

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Francisco Rodriguez expressed interest in returning to the Mets, though a team source said Wednesday that a reunion remains unlikely.

"To come back and redeem myself would be great, because I've got to be realistic and honest,'' Rodriguez told mlb.com. "You would have to be real blind to not see that I fell when I was there. That's not even a question. To be able to get one more shot and get it done would be great.''

Rodriguez, who was at Tradition Field Wednesday as part of Venezuela's national team, is a free agent. The 31-year-old racked up 83 saves with the Mets from 2009 to 2011 and was named an All-Star.

But Rodriguez's tenure also was marked by controversy, including an infamous physical altercation with a family member after a game at Citi Field.

Torre likes Ike

Team USA manager Joe Torre considered Mets first baseman Ike Davis as a replacement for the injured Mark Teixeira. However, the Royals' Eric Hosmer got the nod to play in the World Baseball Classic.

"I'm just glad they even thought about me,'' said Davis, who learned of Torre's inquiry from teammate David Wright, Team USA's third baseman.

 

Young arms report Jenrry Mejia was examined in New York for a medical issue not related to pitching. Meanwhile, top prospect Zack Wheeler threw on flat ground.

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Chavez 'loved baseball'

Venezuelan team manager Luis Sojo recalled how president Hugo Chavez, who died Tuesday, "loved baseball,'' and how he occasionally made early-morning phone calls to second-guess his decisions.

Team officials did not ask for a moment of silence to honor Chavez, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said.

 

Tough outs for Niese

Facing a Venezuelan lineup loaded with stars such as Miguel Cabrera and Pablo Sandoval, lefty Jon Niese allowed four runs in 21/3 innings.

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