Good afternoon, and greetings once again from Citi Field. Here's the latest on Francisco Rodriguez:
--The Mets have placed him on the restricted list for two days - during which he will be unpaid, the team announced - and have recalled Ryota Igarashi to take his place on the roster. K-Rod will not be with the team during that time.
--COO Jeff Wilpon released a statement, saying: "Ownership and the organization are very disappointed in Francisco’s inappropriate behavior and we take this matter very seriously."
--K-Rod is expected to be arraigned in a Queens court sometime today. Newsday colleague Jim Baumbach is positioned at the courthouse.
--A few players addressed the K-Rod situation, but there's really not much they can say that carries any real value. David Wright said, "What's happening off the field has nothing to do with us not being able to score runs."
Jose Reyes, whose family was in the Mets' family room when the K-Rod incident took place - it reportedly began in the room and then spilled out into the hallway - said, "He's my teammate. He's our closer. I don't have too much to talk about."
Jeff Francoeur said, "Maybe it's the distraction we need. Maybe we can turn it into a positive." Yeesh. I think he regretted saying those words as soon as they departed his mouth, as he quickly tried to spin it somehow.
Jerry Manuel now officially has the "Dead man walking" look going on. He had it last night after the game even before K-Rod went off the reservation. He had virtually no interest in discussing this subject, and yet he still managed to inject some Jerry wackiness into matter.
He said that he could not confirm that K-Rod would not be available for today's game against Colorado. And if K-Rod were available, would Manuel have any reservations about using K-Rod, given that he spent the night detained?
"None," Manuel said. Of course, that turned out to be a moot point, with the news of Rodriguez going on the restricted list. But still.
A few other thoughts...
--Will this really impact the team spiritually? Having just spent time in the clubhouse this morning, it doesn't seem dramatically different. Yet there is a sense of "What's next?" Particularly for the veteran Mets who have been through so much these last few years.
I don't see the Mets sleepwalking through the rest of their season as a result of this, yet I think this creates one more hurdle, on an already long line, for the team to at least finish the season respectably. Plus, on a more pragmatic note, they're going without their closer for two days.
--If I had polled the Mets' clubhouse 24 hours ago, and asked each player, "Who in this room do you think is most likely to assault his father-in-law?" I think K-Rod would've won unanimously. I think K-Rod probably would've voted for himself.
The guy really is a few Chicken McNuggets short of a Happy Meal. Assuming he remains under Mets employ this winter - and I think that's a safe assumption - the Mets should insist that K-Rod undergo some treatment for anger management.
More on K-Rod as it comes today.
--Devastating news for the Braves today, as Chipper Jones is out for the season with a left-knee injury. The National League really is shaping up to be an outstanding race, with all three divisions featuring tight races and, adding to the intrigue, all three divisions in play for the wild card.
--Justice indeed came down on the tremendous Cardinals-Reds fracas from Tuesday night: A seven-game suspension for Cincinnati's Johnny "Kung Fu Fighting" Cueto; two-game suspensions for the Battlin' Managers Dusty Baker and Tony La Russa; and fines for Cincinnati's Brandon "The Mouth" Phillips and Russ Springer and St. Louis' Yadier Molina and Chris Carpenter.
--I'll surely check in later.
--UPDATE, 3:54 p.m.: I told you I would check in later. Mad props to Johan Santana, who pitched a masterpiece against the Rockies, closing out his own victory with 115 pitches.
After the game, the talk, not surprisingly, still focused on K-Rod, who was ordered to stay away from his father-in-law. Carlos Beltran, who had arguably his best game since returning from the disabled list, spoke most honestly about his teammate, from what I heard.
"He has a temper," Beltran said. "That's the way that he is. He can come back and do his job."
Beltran added, "You don't want to see anybody do that."
Jim Baumbach should be filing his story shortly, so I'll link to that when it's up.
--UPDATE, 4:19 p.m.: Here's the story featuring the details from Queens Criminal Court. Rodriguez has to stay away from his fiancee in addition to her father (the not technically accurate "father-in-law").