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Francisco Rodriguez's apology, and Andy Pettitte's setback

 Francisco Rodriguez made a statement to the media that lasted less than a minute, and didn't take any questions. Here's the statement:

"First of all, I'm extremely sorry. I want to apologize to Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon, Mr. (Saul) Katz for the incident that happened Wednesday night. I want to apologize also to Mets fans, to my teammates. I want to apologize, of course, to the front office for the embarrassment I caused. And I’m looking forward to being a better person. Right now, the plan is I'm going to an anger-management program. I can’t speak to any part of the legal stuff that I’m going through right now. But I apologize."

He hit all the points he neded to make: Apologies to the proper people, and a reference to anger management. He had nothing to gain by taking questions, although he's obviously going to have to talk at some point after pitching, and some questions about the incident will surface (at which point Mets public-relations officials will dive in front of K-Rod).

Really - I ain't splitting the atom here - we just need to see how Rodriguez behaves from now on. If he can somehow use that emotion he has to get the job done on the field and yet not have him be destructive off the field.

Jerry Manuel said that Rodriguez apologized to him, and that he expected K-Rod to work the clubhouse individually. The sense at the moment, from talking to people, is that Rodriguez has not yet started apologizing to his teammates.

--Joe Girardi said that Andy Pettitte is "at least a couple of weeks away," according to former Newsday teammate Wally Matthews. So now we're talking September, realistically. The Yankees have no reason to panic as long as the Red Sox keep running in neutral, maintaining the Yankees' playoff cushion. 

--Speaking of the Red Sox, Jacoby Ellsbury's season has been a disaster. Now the Red Sox centerfielder is back on the disabled list, for the third time this season, and it wouldn't be surprising at all if he were done for the year.

--Thanks to Dennis for alerting me to this story about a gay umpire in Independent ball. Great job by Jason Whitlock. 

--Have a great night.

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